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Newsletter: 12 October 2009

 


2009 Mick Young Oration – registrations open 

TDA is pleased to announce that the Treasurer, the Hon Wayne Swan MP, will present the 2009 Mick Young Oration at Parliament House Canberra, 18 November.

The Oration was established by TDA in conjunction with the Mick Young Scholarship Trust, and presents a unique opportunity to hear from the nation’s political leaders on the vision and role of education in modern Australia.

TDA members and industry stakeholders are warmly invited to the Oration, followed by a Parliamentary Dinner. The event, which was last year addressed by the Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, is a chance to network with a range of industry leaders, policy makers, officials, Ministers and MPs.

Funds raised will go toward the Mick Young Scholarship Trust, which provides scholarships to needy Australians to study in TAFE and vocational education.

To purchase a ticket to this important evening click here.

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Youth falling behind according to study

According to the 2009 How Young People are Faring report Australia has seen a rise in youth disengagement from work and study.

The report by the Foundation for Young Australians also found that the rate of unemployment among teenagers who were not in full-time education has risen more than five per cent from 2008 figures.

To view the full report click here.  

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TDA appoints new staff for National Secretariat

TDA welcomes three new appointments at the new Sydney-based National Secretariat:

Peter Holden has been appointed Director, International and Business Development, to take over from Rebecca Biazos. Peter was formerly with DET International and TAFE NSW National Business. He will take up his new position with TDA on 19 October with responsibilities for international education support, tuition assurance and business development.

Justine Davies has been appointed as Membership and Communications Officer. Justine recently returned to Australia after completing a Masters in Management and Development. She will be responsible for the TDA website, TDA’s role in hosting Chinese polytechnic executives as part of the Chinese Education Association for International Exchange, and the BECAS Chile student intakes.

TDA also thanks former Director, International Engagement, Rebecca Biazos for her contribution during her position with TDA, and wishes her all the best in her new role as head of International at the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE.

New TDA address and contact details:

Location:

TAFE Directors Australia
National Secretariat
Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW
Turner Hall (Building B) - Ultimo College
Cnr Mary Ann and Harris Streets
Ultimo NSW 2007

Phone: +61 2 9217 3180
Fax: +61 2 9281 7335
Email: memberservices@tda.edu.au

Postal address:

TAFE Directors Australia
National Secretariat
Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW
Ultimo College
PO Box 707 Broadway NSW 2007

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Skills Australia – TDA seeking representative for workforce development strategy

Skills Australia is holding consultations to develop a national workforce development strategy. The consultations are based around Skills Australia’s paper, Workforce Futures, and will be held on the following dates:

  • Melbourne, Friday 23 October, from 10am to 12:30pm
  • Sydney, Wednesday 4 November, from 10am to 12:30pm.

“Workforce Futures presents a case for a changed focus on how Australia approaches planning for our future skills and better utilizing them to contribute to our well being” (Philip Bullock, Chair, Skills Australia).

Please see the attached overview paper for the consultation and two Workforce Futures Background Papers (paper one and paper two). To attend either of these consultations on behalf of TDA, please contact pamcaven@bigpond.com by 19 October.

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Australian Latin America Leadership Program

TEAM NSW - Australia Latin America Leadership Program - Visit to Qantas

TDA would like to congratulate Ms Rebecca Biazos, Gold Coast TAFE, who was selected as one of 18 Australian participants for the first Australian Latin America Leadership program. 

The program, held from 24 Sept- 6 October, brought together 36 emerging leaders from Australia and Latin America, with representation from Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Uruguay.

  

Funded by the Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR), the program was designed to build links between Australia and Latin America with a focus on sustainability.  The 36 members were arranged into three teams that conducted regional development tours of Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales - many tours included visits to local TAFE Institutes.  Reports and outcomes from the meeting are posted on the ALALP website: www.alalp.com.au.

Following the success of TAFE's technical scholarships program in Chile, many other Latin American markets are interested in partnering with TAFE for scholarships and in-country skilling solutions. 

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New grants to support the development of young people

The Minister for Youth, the Hon. Kate Ellis MP, has announced a new $500k Federal funding program available to non-government, not-for-profit organisations through the Youth Development and Support Program.

Eligible groups are invited to apply for grants up to $75k towards projects that focus on the participation and social inclusion of young people.

Click here for more information.

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Research on link between Indigenous culture and VET

The view that achievement in education and training erodes the maintenance of Indigenous culture for Aboriginal students has been rejected in a new paper from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The paper found that cultural attachment and vocational education are complementary to each other in non-remote areas, however those living in remote Australia, often with a higher traditional attachment are disadvantaged with less access to educational and training. Click here for more information.

Also on NCVER…

The Australian vocational education and training statistics: Pocket guide has been released. It contains key data on students and courses, apprentices and trainees, training activity, graduates, VET in Schools, the financial operations of the VET system, and employers' use and views of the VET system. Click here to view the guide.

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Qantas expands apprenticeships program

Qantas has announced it will employ 100 engineering apprentices in 2010, as part of Australia’s largest civil aviation apprentice program.

The company will be investing $28 million in the initiative which will increase the number of Qantas apprentices from 286 to 380 by February 2010.

Click here to read more.

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More skills training needed in Queensland primary industries and fisheries

The Queensland primary industries and fisheries sectors are in urgent need of increased skills training, especially in the areas of welding and the operation of machinery, according to a new report.

The report by the Queensland Government found that many communities are struggling to access relevant and necessary training in their local area. It also outlines the need for tailored training solutions to meet industry demand. For more information click here.

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New Australia-France agreement to simplify international university exchange

Universities Australian has signed a new agreement with its French counterpart that will make it easier for students to study in France.

The agreement allows for mutual recognition of each country’s educational qualifications and periods of prior study. Click here for more information.

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Leadership in VET – workshop opportunity

The LH Martin Institute, in collaboration with John Mitchell and Associates and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), is hosting a series of workshops in November that will explore effective VET leadership.

The workshops are an opportunity to participate in ground-breaking research and shape the VET agenda while learning about the role of leadership in the VET sector. They will be held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide fro 16-26 November. For more information or to register click here.

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New Zealand VET research forum

The Industry Training Foundation (ITF) – the peak body for Industry Training organisations in New Zealand and similar to Australia’s Industry Skills Councils – is calling for abstracts for the New Zealand Vocational Education and Training Research Forum 2010.

The Forum will be held 14-15 April 2010 at Victoria University, Wellington. The ITF is calling for abstracts on a variety of skills, workplace, professional and vocational education-related topics. For more information click here.

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Engaging young people – Sydney and Melbourne forums

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC) is holding two forums to promote opportunities in the community services and health industries. Both forums will feature guest speakers including psychologist  Dr Michael Carr-Greg, and recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence (in aged care), Michael Smith.

The first, in Sydney 2 November at the Sebel Surry Hills, will give employers the opportunity to learn how to engage young people in the CS&H industry. Click here for more information.

The second, in Melbourne 4 December at the Mantra on Little Bourke, is an opportunity for parents to learn how to maximize their child’s study options and for career advisors to learn to assist young people in building a career. Click here for more information. 

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Diary Dates

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE
Transitions and Transformations

DATE:

13-16October, 2009

LOCATION:

Sydney Conference Centre

DETAILS:

Click here for more information.

COMMUNITY SERVICES & HEALTH ISC
Making a Difference...2009 – Excellence, Inspiration, Action

DATE:

21 October, 2009

LOCATION:

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

DETAILS:

Click here for more information.

COMMUNITY SERVICES & HEALTH ISC
National Accolades for Excellence Gala Presentation Dinner

DATE:

21 October, 2009

LOCATION:

Crown Towers

DETAILS:

Click here for more information.

ICTC SOCIETY
2009 Conference and Trade Exhibition

DATE:

27-30 October

LOCATION:

Geelong, Victoria

DETAILS:

Click here for more information

COMMUNITY SERVICES AND HEALTH INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL
Mind the Gen Gap – Working together to meet workforce challenges

DATE:

5 November, 2009

LOCATION:

Dockside Convention Centre, Darling Harbour Sydney

DETAILS:

For more information, click here

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION RESEARCH (NCVER)
Young people: finding their way in a new era

DATE:

10 November 2009

LOCATION:

Melbourne Park Function Centre, Melbourne

DETAILS:

For more information, click here

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING MARKETING CONFERENCE 2009
Connect, engage, captivate - hosted by Australian Training Marketing

DATE:

11- 13 November 2009

LOCATION:

Ultimo TAFE, Sydney

DETAILS:

www.atmaltd.com.au

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND
3rd National Conference for Enabling Education

DATE:

25-27 November 2009

LOCATION:

Toowoomba Queensland

DETAILS:

Click here for more information

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION SUMMIT

DATE:

26-27 November 2009

LOCATION:

Rydges Melbourne

DETAILS:

Click here for more information

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