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Newsletter | 20 February 2017

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Reminder about defence sector skills forum, Canberra 21-22 March

TAFE institutes are reminded about the ADF Skills and Apprenticeships Forum, being jointly hosted by TAFE Directors Australia and the National Apprentice Employment Network in Canberra, 21–22 March.

See details below. For more information or to register, please contact: memberservices@tda.edu.au

TAFE SA secures multi-million dollar vocational training contract with Dubai

TAFE SA has secured a lucrative five year, multi-million dollar contract to provide training and education to the Dubai College of Tourism.

TAFE SA will provide curriculum development and train-the-trainer expertise in the areas of tourism, hospitality, events, retail and culinary arts to support Dubai’s tourism vision for 2020.

TAFE SA Chief Executive Robin Murt signed the deal with Issam Kazim, CEO of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Dubai.

South Australia's Minister for Higher Education and Skills Susan Close said the agreement strengthened the partnership with Dubai in the lead up to the World Expo 2020.

TAFE SA staff have been in Dubai developing a project plan with the Dubai College of Tourism and working collaboratively with the local training accreditation body, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority.

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TAFE SA Chief Executive, Robin Murt, with Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing at the contract signing in Dubai

TDA Members - Expression of Interest for EU Study Mission on Innovation Ecosystems, 3-12 April, 2017

TDA is seeking an Expression of Interest for four TDA Member senior executives to join the LH Martin University of Melbourne 2017 Study Mission on Innovation Ecosystems.

TDA will offset by $4,000 (excl GST) the registration cost of attendance. The EOI will set aside one registration offer for a regional TAFE.

As background, the Australian economy is in transition and TAFE Institutes across Australia are in a unique position to contribute to this economic restructuring and skills transition. TAFE Institutes have close relationships with large business and most importantly small to medium enterprises which employ the majority of the workforce.

At present Australia's innovation agenda is largely focused on commercialisation of university research and linking universities to industry. However an effective innovation agenda must capitalise on the capacity of TAFE institutions in a true innovation ecosystem. 

  • Objective - The study mission is benchmarking from a number of European countries and regions where enterprises, government and tertiary institutions (such as TAFE and universities) collaborate to foster innovation and entrepreneurial commercial activity to build new prosperity. The mission will select number of these innovation ecosystems with a view to understanding the complex interrelationships between the parties and the socio-economic landscape in which they operate.
  • Schedule - Delegates to visit a number of place based innovation ecosystems, recognised and nominated as regions of innovation and economic transformation including Eindhoven, and Enschede, in the Netherlands, and Milan as the industrial and financial centre of Italy.
  • Outcomes - Study mission will showcase relevant and targeted professional development for senior executives, and delegates benefit significantly from learning about the application of international best practice, and build valuable professional relationships both nationally and internationally.

Expression of Interest – Please respond by next Monday 27th February 2017, by completing the EOI EU Study Mission Form, and return to memberservices@tda.edu.au   

Apprentice revival linked to NSW infrastructure program

The NSW government says it has beaten its target for apprentices engaged on its $73 billion infrastructure programs.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, said that 2,208 apprentices have been employed on the programs, more than doubling the original target of 1,000.

“We’ve smashed the target of 1,000 new apprenticeships; in fact it’s an outstanding result as we’ve more than doubled that target," Mr Barilaro said.

“This provides a snapshot of a much bigger story about the success of trade apprenticeship approvals in NSW, including how last calendar year apprenticeship approvals increased by more than 20,000, that’s up by 17 per cent and a milestone not seen since 2010,” Mr Barilaro said.

Canberra extends welcome to visiting Sri Lankan delegation, discusses education

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the Sri Lankan Prime Minister  Ranil Wickremesinghe, have issued a joint statement to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations, with a note on expanding educational linkages.

The statement mentions the New Colombo Plan, under which 300 Australians have studied at Sri Lankan institutions. TAFE and non-university students are not eligible under the plan. 

Robin Murt, Chief Executive of TAFE SA, and Martin Riordan, CEO TDA (pictured), attended the Prime Minister’s reception for the visiting Sri Lankan PM at Parliament House, Canberra.

The reception was also attended by Australian PM’s XI and the touring Sri Lankan national cricket team, which subsequently defeated the PM's XI by five wickets, after chasing 169. 

ASQA warns colleges about outsourcing annual compliance

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has issued a warning about businesses offering their services to training providers to help with their annual compliance declaration.

"ASQA has been made aware that there are companies contacting RTOs offering to conduct an assessment of the provider’s compliance to enable completion of the declaration. Such services are offered on a fee-for-service basis," ASQA said in a statement.

"It is not ASQA’s expectation that RTOs engage consultancy services to comply with the annual declaration obligations and ASQA does not endorse any such services. An RTO may of course choose to use the services of external consultants if it wishes.

"It remains at all times the responsibility of the RTO to make the declaration and for it to be satisfied as to the accuracy of the declaration. It cannot delegate that responsibility," ASQA said.

$4.7 million in skills grants available in Tasmania

Applications are open for the next round of Tasmania's Skills Fund Demand Led program with up to $4.7 million available in grants.

The Skills Fund provides funding for subsidised training for job seekers and existing workers.

The Skills Fund is open to endorsed Registered Training Organisations and applications close Tuesday, 7 March 2017.

More information is available from Skills Tasmania on 03 6165 6012 or email: theskillsfund@skills.tas.gov.au

Study highlights developments in European higher-level applied education

European countries are expanding tertiary programs that include both academic and vocational components.

To better understand this trend, the German Federal Institute for  Vocational Educational and Training (BIBB) has published a detailed report outlining trends in higher-level VET across several European countries (England, France, Austria, Norway, Ireland and Poland).

In particular, it examines to what extent different forms of work-based learning are occurring in the different countries.

The countries in the study differ quite extensively in terms of the courses and streams being offered, a fact that reflects different historic factors and mechanisms of skill formation.

It also provides a number of models of pathways into these programs and transitions between academic and vocational programs.

Ultimately, the study suggests that the increasing presence of work-based learning in academic programs is a direct result of the influence of the VET model.

The re­port is published in the context of the BIBB research project "Work-based Learning in ter­tiary education – an international comparative analysis of models and functions".

The search is on for Queensland’s best and brightest in training

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Queensland Training Awards, celebrating everyday Queenslanders who have achieved success, best practice and innovation through VET.

TAFE organisations can highlight their commitment to training excellence by nominating their teachers and trainers, apprentices, trainees and vocational students in one of the individual award categories.

Jodi Schmidt, CEO of TAFE Queensland, the 2016 Queensland Large Training Provider of the Year winner, said “The training awards are about education and training, but they are also about changing lives. It’s about making people realise what is within them and seeing that really come to the fore. It’s a privilege to work in this sector and to watch that every day."

Being a finalist for the Small or Large Training Provider of the Year award can also help to raise an organisation’s profile, attract more students and forge a reputation as a training provider of choice.

State winners of most award categories will then have the opportunity to progress to the Australian Training Awards in Canberra on 23 November 2017.

Nominate now. Nominations close on 31 March 2017.

For more information, visit the Queensland Training Awards.

Professor Leesa Wheelahan to present “VET in Crisis" seminar

The John Cain Foundation, the Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy and Centre for Workplace Leadership are jointly hosting 'VET in Crisis', a public seminar in Melbourne in March.

The presenter will be Professor Leesa Wheelahan, the William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada.

"It is time that we recognise that a new model of vocational education is needed in Australia. The current social settlement between VET and society is not working and VET is in crisis," the organisers say.

A panel discussion will follow Professor Wheelahan’s presentation  and will include:
• Professor John Buchanan, The University of Sydney
• Professor Leo Goedegebuure, LH Martin Institute
• Professor Shelley Mallet, Brotherhood of St Laurence 

The facilitator is Maxine McKew.

The seminar is on Thursday, 2 March 2017, 5.00pm – 7.30pm, Theatre Q230, Level 2, Kwong Lee Dow Building, 234 Queensberry Street, Carlton, Melbourne.

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Diary Dates

20th Annual AVETRA 2017 Conference
18 - 20 April 2017
William Angliss Institute, Melbourne
More information

Group Training Association of NSW & ACT
2017 Skills Conference
14 June 2017
Dockside Darling Harbour
More information coming soon

26th National VET Research Conference 'No Frills' 
5 - 7 July 2017
More information.

2017 VTA State Conference
20 – 21 July 2017
Rydges Melbourne
189 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
More information coming soon

Queensland Training Awards
Department of Education and Training, Queensland
July 2017
More information

2017 TDA Convention - Network TAFE
7 - 8 September 2017
More information coming soon

2017 VDC Teaching & Learning Conference
7 - 8 September 2017
RACV Torquay Resort
More information coming soon

National Skills Week 2017
28 August – 3 September 2017
Nation wide
More information

National Apprentice Employment Network
National Conference
2 - 3 November 2017
Radisson Hotel, Sydney
More information coming soon


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