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Newsletter: 25 January 2010

TDA signs mobility agreement with USA

TDA offers condolences to family and colleagues of Joe Sherry

National Taskforce tackling skills needs in the resources sector

Kickstart boosts apprentice recruits over summer period

E-learning funding opportunity

Eight TAFE Institutes to undertake outward mobility projects

Opportunity to participate in community services and health review

Peak research body’s latest newsletter

2010 workforce development seminars

Diary Dates


 

TDA signs mobility agreement with USA

TDA CEO Martin Riordan, with President of CCID, John Halder

TDA CEO Martin Riordan, with President of CCID, John Halder

TDA has signed an agreement with the USA’s Community College specialist affiliate international agency, the Community Colleges for International Development (CCID) to enhance student and teacher mobility between the two countries.

Martin Riordan (TDA), currently visiting the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship, signed the MoU with John Halder, President of the CCID, at the Office of the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington DC.

The initial focus of the agreement will be to trial student mobility across selected courses in the technology, health services, and tourism and hospitality sectors. TAFE Institutes will be encouraged to include a USA study component for their students and teachers with the CCID acting as facilitator.

The agreement also sets out a wide range of exchanges and cooperative ventures between the two organisations including cultural exchanges, short term training programs of mutual benefit, study abroad activities, joint proposal developments and exchange of faculty, staff, administrators and consultants.

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TDA offers condolences to family and colleagues of Joe Sherry

The tragic drowning of TAFE teacher Joe Sherry and his wife Carole while on holidays in Ballina with their children has had an immediate impact on friends and colleagues.

Joe was a hospitality teacher for over 15 years at a number of colleges in TAFE NSW’s South Western Sydney Institute and was a highly respected and inspirational teacher. He will be especially remembered for his dedication to students with a disability.

On behalf of all our members, TDA wishes to pass on our condolences to Joe and Carole’s children and extended family, and to his TAFE colleagues in NSW.

A memorial fund has been established and can be accessed at www.hannahsfoundation.org.au. A recent article from the Sydney Morning Herald can be viewed here.

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National Taskforce tackling the skills needs in the resource sector

The National Resource Sector Employment Taskforce, led by the Parliament Secretary for Western and Northern Australia, the Hon Gary Gray MP, will release its first discussion paper in early February, in preparation for the full report due to the government by mid-year.

The taskforce was set up to help secure the future workforce requirements in the resources sector, particularly those arising from the $50 billion Gorgon LNG Project. To read more click here.

TDA is represented on the Taskforce Skills Reference Group by Acting CEO, Pam Caven. The Taskforce discussion paper will be uploaded onto the TDA website, when released in the coming weeks, and forwarded to TDA members for response.

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Kickstart boosts apprentice recruits over summer period

The Federal Government’s Apprentice Kickstart program looks to have had a positive impact on the number of apprentices signed up by employers over the summer period.

According to government figures, 4,400 trade apprentices were signed up in December 2009, some 1,500 more than December 2008, and 1,200 more than December 2007.

The program offers employers triple the incentives over the first year period for taking on an apprentice, and will run until 28 February.

The government has also invited state and territory governments to be a part of a $20 million funding boost for pre-apprenticeships.

To read more click here.

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E-learning funding opportunity

More than $7 million of funding is being offered by the Australian Flexible Learning Framework to help support e-learning training solutions in the VET sector.

Learn more here.

TAFEs can apply for the funding to implement e-learning solutions for business, produce e-learning resources, trial e-learning practices and technologies, and embed e-learning into workforce development.

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Eight TAFE Institutions to undertake outward mobility projects

The 2010 round of the Endeavour VET Outbound Mobility Program will fund 15 new and repeat projects up to $35,000 to deliver a range of international study experiences for approximately 151 VET students.

These 15 projects will be undertaken by 11 providers, eight of which are public TAFE Institutions, two of which are private providers and one is a dual-sector university.

Projects will be undertaken in countries including Cambodia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

To read more click here. A list of projects can be found here.

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Opportunity to participate in community services and health review

TDA is seeking a representative for a Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council industry reference group.

The group will provide broad direction and final approval for the development of respite competencies as part of the continual improvement of the CHC08 Community Services Training Package.

For more information here. To view the Terms of Reference click here. To be a part of the industry reference group please contact Pam Caven, Acting CEO TDA, by 27 January.

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Have your say – NCVER National Research Priorities

For an opportunity to discuss the future national VET research priorities, register for the National Centre for Vocational Education Research’s free public forum or webinar.

The forum will be held on 5 February at the Victoria University Convention Centre in Melbourne and the webinar will be held on 9 February. To register for either of these events click here.

For more information about the National VET research priorities: 2010 and beyond click here. You may also wish to contribute to a blog here.

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Peak research body’s latest newsletter

The Australasian Association for Institutional Research – the professional body for Institute research practitioners - has distributed its first newsletter for 2010.

To view the newsletter click here.

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2010 workforce development seminars

Dates have been announced for workforce development and planning seminars to be held in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane and Tasmania throughout 2010. The seminars by Workforce Blueprint are aimed at people developing a workforce plan within their own organisation, and people supporting and advising client organisations in workforce development and planning.

For more information click here.

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Diary Dates

 

NATIONAL CENTRE FOR VOCATIONAL EDUCATION RESEARCH (NCVER)

National VET research priorities: 2010 and beyond

DATE: 5 February 2010

LOCATION: Victoria University Convention Centre, Melbourne

DETAILS: Click here for more information

TAFE GOVERNANCE AND REGULATIONS FORUM

DATE: 25-26 February 2010

LOCATION: Hilton on the Park, Melbourne

DETAILS: Click here for more information

SERVICE SKILLS AUSTRALIA

National Conference

DATE: 1-2 March 2010

LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN HIGHER EDUCATION CONGRESS

DATE: 10-12 March 2010

LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

DETAILS: Click here for more information

TERTIARY & HIGHER EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2010

DATE: 16-17 March 2010

LOCATION: Dockside, Cockle Bay Sydney

DETAILS: Click here for more information

AVETRA

2010 Conference

DATE: 8-9 April 2010

LOCATION: Holiday Inn, Surfers Paradise

DETAILS: Click here for more information

 

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