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Newsletter | 21 January 2013    

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TDA National Scholarship Foundation News

Victorian government push to drive out shonky training providers

The number of Victorian training colleges eligible for government funds has been halved in an effort by the state government to stop dodgy providers.

The approved providers’ list has been slashed from 600 organisations in 2011, to just 281.

According to an article in The Australian, some private organisations have been asked to submit further paperwork before the list is finalised.

Click here to view the article.

Book now for Mick’s Big Night Out!

Registrations are now open for Mick’s Big Night Out – an evening to mark the annual dinner of the Mick Young Scholarships Trust, and the formal launch of the new TDA National Scholarships Foundation.

The event will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, on March 1.

Confirmed guests include the Governor of NSW, Her Excellence Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, the Hon Wayne Swan MP, and former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke AC.

Guests will be entertained by some of Australia’s finest comedians, musicians and political satirists including Fiona O'Loughlin, Rob Carlton, Bryan Dawe and Tim Freedman.

All funds raised from the evening will go toward the TDA National Scholarships Foundation, to widen the opportunities for financially disadvantaged VET students.

Click here to book now.

TDA’s position on the review of the standards for the regulation of VET

TDA’s position on the review of the standards for the regulation of VET was articulated in its submission to the National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) in June last year, in which TDA argued that “it is self-evident that the current standards and their regulation have palpably failed to deliver nationally consistent high quality training and assessment services and that the scope of change required is therefore significant”.

“The key is to look at quality outcomes through the implementation of the regulatory framework. What is required is consistent and expert interpretation of the Standards by the Regulator (and the auditors) and by a capable and confident VET workforce who can make judgements consistent with Training Package standards and assessment principles”.

Director Policy & Stakeholder Engagement, TDA, Pam Caven, represented TDA’s position at the NSSC’s workshop (14 December) designed to inform the development of the NSSC’s Position Paper for the review. 

The next steps for the review will involve the NSSC considering a draft Position Paper at a special meeting on 31 January 2013. It is then anticipated that the Position Paper will be circulated to NSOC for their information in late February 2013, before being released for public consultation over March and April, at which point TDA will seek input from you for its next submission.

Click here to view the NSSC’s latest communiqué.

Queensland TAFE merger in doubt

The planned merger between Central Queensland TAFE and University is in doubt due to the government allegedly pulling funding from the scheme.

The Australian reported that the Federal Government has reneged on its $74 million funding commitment, despite the merger being finalised only five weeks ago.

Federal Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, told The Australian that the program was in doubt due to the Newman Government’s funding cuts to TAFE.

Queensland Education Minister, the Hon John-Paul Langbroek, maintains that it is the fault of the federal government for withholding funds promised in the COAG agreement last year.

Click here to read the article in The Australian.

Health and Community Services Training Packages under review

The Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council (CS&HISC) training package review is now open for public consultation.

The CS&HISC is examining the qualifications and competency standards for a number of sectors in the Health and Community Services Training Packages.

For a full list of the sectors in review, and to submit feedback, click here.

Minister urges study at TAFE Queensland and to nominate now for state training awards

Queensland’s Education, Training and Employment Minister, the Hon John-Paul Langbroek, has encouraged school leavers and people looking for a career change, to study at TAFE Queensland.

The Minister said TAFE Queensland has delivered excellent student outcomes in recent years, which he attributes to TAFE’s innovative training programs, which were designed in close consultation with employers.

Click here to read the Minister’s media release.

Mr Langbroek has also called on apprentices, trainees, students, teachers, training organisations and employers to nominate for 52nd Queensland Training Awards.

Nominations close on March 22. Click here for more information.

New Directors for WA

TDA welcomes the announcement of newly appointed Managing Directors for technical and further education institutes in Western Australia.

TDA would like to congratulate:

  • Kevin Doig, Managing Director, Goldfields Institute of Technology;
  • Jill Jamieson, Managing Director, Polytechnic West;
  • Duncan Anderson, Managing Director, South West Institute of Technology; and
  • Michelle Hoad, Managing Director, West Coast Institute of Training.

Scepticism about university targets

There are questions surrounding the Federal Government’s university participation targets, especially for financially disadvantaged students.

Two academics reported in The Australian have suggested that disadvantaged students are still significantly under-represented three-years after measures were introduced to increase their participation, and that future targets will not be met.

However, Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, maintains that the government’s targets are on-track.

Click here to read the article in The Australian.

NCVER examines adult literacy and numeracy measures

One hundred and eighty-five TAFE practitioners took part in an NCVER survey, comparing the difficulty of the two frameworks used to examine adult literacy and numeracy levels.

The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALLS) survey and the Australia Core Skills Framework (ACSF) are both used to measure adult literacy and numeracy rates.

The survey concluded that the two frameworks were only consistent at the lowest skill level.

However, the NCVER study confirmed that the two tests could be aligned, offering the potential for more regular testing of adult numeracy and literacy rates in Australia.

Click here for more information.

Diary Dates

DATE: February 22-25, 2013
LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia USA
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

DATE: Friday, March 1 2013
LOCATION: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

DATE: 3-5 April, 2013
LOCATION: Fremantle, WA
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Group Training Australia

DATE: 17-19 April, 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane Central
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council

DATE: 18 April, 2013
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 2-3 September 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Watch this space for further details shortly.

Velg Training

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

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