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Newsletter | 20 May 2013

In this edition

TDA takes critical apprenticeship decline to new Tertiary Education & Skills Minister Hon Sharon Bird

The worsening commencement and completions in Australian apprenticeships was a key topic for TDA meeting incoming Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Hon. Sharon Bird MP, in Parliament House last week.

Minister Sharon Bird and Martin Riordan

Meeting on the morning of Budget 2013, TDA outlined to Minister Bird concerns on the mounting crisis in apprentice numbers, as noted in recent NCVER tracking research.

Chief Executive of TDA, Martin Riordan, outlined to the Minister details of NCVER data showing cut-backs to industry incentives as one of several likely causes for declines in commencements and completions, along with the deteriorating economy for small business.

TDA proposed an industry and provider roundtable, which may also explore international examples of widening apprenticeship intakes, and experience of completions.

Martin Riordan also welcomed the announcement in Budget 2013, for a $69 million investment in alternate pathway programmes for apprenticeships.

See TDA’s response to Budget 2013.

See the DEEWR Budget media release.

See the Department’s Budget page.

Apprentices and trainee numbers decline further – NCVER 2013 survey

The recent decline in the numbers of trade and non-trade commencements has continued in the first three months of 2013, according to latest estimates from National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The March quarter early trend estimates provide seasonally adjusted and smoothed data for apprentice and trainee commencements.

Source: NCVER

The sharpest fall is in non-trade commencements, which have settled to a new level around 30,000.

“The substantial growth in non-trade commencements up to the June quarter 2012, and the subsequent decline from the September quarter, is predominantly due to changes to incentive payments for existing workers,” said Tom Karmel, Managing Director, NCVER.

From 1 July, 2012 the Government discontinued the $1,500 standard employer commencement incentive payment and increased the standard completion incentive by $500 to $3,000 for existing worker apprentices and trainees in non-National Skills Needs List occupations.

Trade commencements remained relatively stable with 21, 500 commencements in the March 2013 quarter.

See here for more information.

Indonesian Polytechnic & TAFE Australia mentoring program launched

Twenty senior leaders from Indonesia’s polytechnics are in to the second week of a mentoring program led by TDA and six of our institute members.

With joint funding support from the Indonesian and Australian governments, and from participating TAFE Institutes, the delegates gained an overview of the Australian VET system with presentations from TDA, Trades Recognition Australia and DIICCSRTE.

Following an official welcome from officials from the Indonesian Consulate-General in Sydney and a dinner with the Executive Officer of the Australia Indonesia Business Council, the delegates are now located in four TAFE NSW institutes, Canberra Institute of Technology and South West Institute of Technology in Bunbury, WA.

On the return of Indonesia delegates later this week, they will visit OTEN online facility, and participate in an industry roundtable before giving their own presentations on their experiences. This is the first of two mentoring programs planned for 2013/2014 and is a practical demonstration of TAFE’s commitment to engagement with Indonesia.

TDA strengthens links with Community College Baccalaureate program

TAFE Directors Australia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the US-based   Community College Baccalaureate Association to strengthen relations and extend professional opportunities for executives in community colleges and TAFE Institutes offering higher education degrees.

The MoU will see the two bodies sharing information on various models of tertiary degrees and their respective approaches to promoting vocational education and training.

It will explore opportunities for delegations to visit each other’s countries for knowledge-sharing and benchmarking. The CCBA has wide membership across degree conferring community colleges in Canada and the USA.

For more information, see the MOU.

TDA Conference speakers unveiled

Key speakers for the TDA National Conference in Brisbane, September 2-3, have been announced.

They include:

  • The Hon John-Paul Langbroek MP, Queensland Minister for Education, Training & Employment
  • Amarjit Basi Principal and Chief Executive, New College Nottingham
  • Rowan Callick, Asia Pacific Editor ,The Australian ; author  of Party Time: Who runs China and how
  • Pam Christie, Managing Director of TAFE NSW, Deputy Director-General TAFE & Community Education
  • The Hon John Dawkins AO, Chair NSSC
  • George Megalogenis, author, The Australian Moment; How we were made for these times
  • Dr John Mitchell, John Mitchell & Associates
  • Chris Murphy, Director Independent Economics
  • Chris Robinson, Chief Commissioner, ASQA
  • Innes Willox, Chief Executive Officer,  Australian Industry Group
  • Professor Glenn Withers, Crawford School, Australian National University

Titled, “TAFE Redefined”, the conference will examine the implications for technical and further education in the new era of market competitiveness.

Click here for more information or go to the conference website.

AWPA to discuss National Workforce Development Strategy

The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA) will host a webinar this Wednesday at 1pm to discuss its National Workforce Development Strategy.

The strategy, released in March, sets out a roadmap for Australia’s future skills and workforce needs in a dynamic global market. 

The webinar is designed for enterprises and employers, industry/professional associations and regional development boards, registered training organisations and those interested in national directions, funding and workforce issues.

Speakers will be Robin Shreeve, CEO, and Dr Katherine Barnes, Acting Director, Workforce Development Policy with AWPA.

Register for the webinar here.

Major education and technology conference

The EduTECH Tertiary Technology Leaders Conference is being held this year from 3-5 June at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

EduTECH is Australia’s largest education and technology conference. The Tertiary Technology Leaders Congress will be one of the five conferences running, and will examine ICT strategies for tertiary education bodies.

A number of different technological industries will be exhibiting on the first and second days. These include learning management systems and interactive technologies and also digital content and tele-conferencing.

See here for more information.

International VET student of the year

A  Peruvian student at TAFE NSW Northern Sydney Institute has been announced as the NSW International Student of the Year in the VET category by NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment the Hon Andrew Stoner.

Ms Marisol Miró Quesada le Roux  is undertaking a Diploma of Event Management at the Northern Beaches Campus, and has played a played a key role in the success of the first totally sustainable events held at the campus.

“Overseas students help to bring fresh ideas and deeper cultural connections to NSW, and play a key role in making our State a global, vibrant, and multicultural location,” Mr Stoner said.

See the Minister’s media release.

Diary Dates

Augmented reality for VET
Queensland VET Development Centre

DATE: 29 April-24 May
LOCATION: The Edge, Brisbane State Library
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

EduTECH Tertiary Technology Leaders Conference
DATE: 3-5 June
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention Centre
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

VET Leaders Lunch
VET Development Centre

DATE: 6 June
LOCATION: Shangri-la Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Getting started in e-learning
Queensland VET Development Centre

DATE: 17 June – 26 August
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Australasian Adult and Community Education Conference
Adult Learning Australia & ACE Aotearoa in New Zealand

DATE: 18-20 June
LOCATION: Comfort and Quality Inn, Cuba St, Wellington, New Zealand
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

NCVER ‘No Frills’ Conference

DATE: 10-12 July
LOCATION: Sunshine Coast TAFE, Mooloolaba campus
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

TedX: This Way Up
Northern Sydney Institute

DATE: 28 August
LOCATION: Cameraygal Building, the Northern Sydney Institute, St Leonards Campus
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

TDA Annual Conference 2013 TDA Annual Conference 2013 - "TAFE Redefined"
TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 2-3 September 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Teaching & Learning Conference
VET Development Centre

DATE: 5-6 September
LOCATION: RACV Healesville Country Club
DETAILS: Click here for further information. 

2013 National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 19-20 September, 2013
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Australian International Education Conference

DATE: 8-11 October
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

2013 AUSTAFE National Conference

DATE: 9-11 October
LOCATION: Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Australian Training Awards
Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education

DATE: 22 November
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

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