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Newsletter | 22 October 2012    
 

In this edition

  • National English language competition proposed under new China CEAIE and TDA Agreement
     
  • TAFE Directors support need for funding certainty
     
  • Shadow Minister highlights opportunities in international education  - online expansion
     
  • Tasmania’s new Skills Fund
     
  • Holmesglen & University of Canberra alliance – new Melbourne campus
     
  • Sydney Institute to begin new reforms
     
  • Campus Review articles provide overview of VET reform
     
  • National VET Equity Advisory Council roundtable
     
  • Australia India Institute conference
     
  • Australia-India mining Skills Council partnership
     
  • The Training Package Development Handbook has moved
     
  • Associate degree or advanced diploma?
     
  • Get your copy of the Australian mining guide to education and training providers
     
  • Environmental Scan 2013-14
     
  • Diary Dates
 

Government incentives for apprentice employments

The Federal Government has announced it will double the incentive paid to employers for an additional 21,000 electricians, plumbers and other construction trades people.

The new Kickstart initiative will now give small and medium employers, who employ an apprentice between December 2012 and February 2013, a $3,350 payment. This increases the support to an apprentice in the traditional trade from $9500 to $12,850.

Click here for more information.


National English language competition proposed under new China CEAIE and TDA Agreement

One of the largest English language competitions across China is proposed under a new Memorandum of Understanding, signed in Beijing between TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE).

TDA has continued with long-term cooperation with CEAIE for more than eight years, including professional mentoring and curriculum support, and more recently a Vocational Education Leadership Training program, including a delegation of TAFE leaders visiting this year’s CEAIE 2012 Conference in Beijing.

TDA and CEAIE announced plans to extend the new Agreement to an-English language competition, to be open across China’s 1,200 public polytechnic and college institute in 2013.

A key theme for the competition may be green skills and sustainability. Linkages with industry that demonstrate innovation and leading edge sustainability skills will be encouraged in the competition.

Click here to read TDA’s media release.

Deputy Secretary-General, CEAIE, Dr Lin Zuoping, and TDA Board member and Institute Director, Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE, Kevin Harris, sign Memorandum of Understanding in Beijing, with CEAIE,TDA Australia officials and Ms Jen Tyrell, Counsellor Education and Research, Beijing.


TAFE Directors support need for funding certainty

TDA has expressed concern over the federal government’s freeze on key funding programs that are central to ongoing investment in tertiary education and training.

Chief Executive Officer of TDA, Martin Riordan, said the VET sector had concerns that efforts by the Federal Government to achieve budget savings were causing uncertainty in many TAFE Institutes.

“The VET sector understands the need to maintain fiscal responsibility but there also needs to be recognition of the unpredictability that this creates, particularly on top of funding cuts at the state level,” Mr Riordan said.

Click here to read TDA’s media release.


Shadow Minister highlights opportunities in international education - online expansion

Shadow Minister for Finance, Deregulation and Debt Reduction, the Hon Andrew Robb AO, addressed an online education forum in Brisbane last week, urging the government to utilise technology to develop deeper relationships with Asia. It was the latest address by Andrew Robb advocating widening international education.

Mr Robb said the advancements in technology and the internet have enabled Australian education providers to access millions of students worldwide, and suggested the Gillard government should be stepping up to the challenge.

“While we should be aiming to increase international enrolments in-country, the real growth opportunities are off-shore,” Mr Robb said.

“As importantly, content will be delivered over different online platforms in a variety of ways, online lectures via sophisticated videoconferencing, vocational training modules delivered over tablets and iPhones, to increasing aggregation and partnerships of universities and VET institutions across the region.”

Click here to read the Minister’s full speech.


Tasmania’s new Skills Fund

The Tasmanian government is calling for applications from public and private registered training organisations for a major skills program to reduce skills shortages and increase productivity in Tasmania.

Tasmanian government funds, previously committed to the Productivity Placement Program (PPP), will be supporting a new round of funded training places, to be known as the Skills Fund.

The Skills Fund continues and extends the success of PPP, and will allocate up to $8.6 million over the next three years to up-skilling workers and assisting job seekers get the skills they need to join the workforce.

Information sessions will be held in Hobart and Launceston later this month and tenders close 26 April 2013.

Click here for more information.


Holmesglen TAFE & University of Canberra alliance – new Melbourne campus

University of Canberra and Holmesglen Institute have announced a new tertiary alliance, with the University of Canberra to deliver Bachelor degrees on the Holmesglen Chadstone campus from next year.

The Vice Chancellor of University of Canberra, Professor Stephen Parker, and Holemsglen CEO Bruce Mackenzie, made the announcement, saying the University / TAFE alliance at Chadstone campus would allow wider reach for tertiary qualifications for VET students in Victoria.

The branch campus will be known as University of Canberra Melbourne.

Click here to read the full story.


Sydney Institute to begin new reforms

The Sydney Institute of TAFE has announced it will introduce a proposed draft three-stage business reform process, in order to help it remain competitive in the current VET climate.

The proposed draft reforms will be right across the organisation and are intended to minimise disruption to students.

The institute has engaged with staff over the last four months, and stage one of the draft reform process will begin later this year.

Click here for more information.


Campus Review articles provide overview of VET reform

To inform future policy decisions about VET, Dr John Mitchell, VET researcher and columnist, has collated 22 of the articles he has written for Campus Review over the last year, on the concerns raised by ‘VET reform’ and the cutbacks to TAFE.

The document provides a compelling case for policy review. 

The document can be downloaded from the home page of www.jma.com.au


National VET Equity Advisory Council roundtable

The National VET Equity Advisory Council (NVEAC) invites TDA members to participate in a discussion on the effects that VET reforms have had on support for disadvantaged learners, at a Victorian roundtable consultation on 1 November in Melbourne.

NVEAC will use this and other feedback from around Australia to examine the priorities and directions for the NVEAC Equity Blueprint 2011-2016: Creating Futures: Achieving Potential through VET.

If you wish to attend, please email NVEAC directly.

Any questions you many have about the roundtable discussion can be emailed to NVEAC Secretariat Director Martin Powell martin.powell@natese.gov.au, you can also call Martin at (03) 9954 2503.


Australia India Institute conference

From 31 October-2 November, the Australia India Institute will host an important high profile international conference in Melbourne, The Argumentative Indian: Critical Debates in the World’s Largest Democracy and Perspectives from Australia.

This conference is one of many events organised by the Australia India Institute aimed at increasing and strengthening relations between India and Australia.

Registrations are filling quickly and therefore if you wish to attend the conference or a particular session you should register as soon as possible.

Click here for more information.


Australia-India mining Skills Council partnership

SkillsDMC, the Industry Skills Council for Australia’s Resources and Infrastructure Industry, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with India’s National Skills Development Corporation, supporting the establishment of the Indian Sector Skills Council for mining.

The MoU was signed on 17 October in Delhi in the presence of Prime Minister the Hon Julia Gillard, and  Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh.

India has set an ambitious target to provide skills training for up to 500 million people by 2022 to enhance productivity, employment opportunities and income.

Click here for more information.


The Training Package Development Handbook has moved

The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) has moved the Training Package Development Handbook (TPDH).

The content of the TPDH website formerly hosted by DEEWR, has now been migrated to the NSSC website at Training Package Development Handbook.


Associate degree or advanced diploma?

An NCVER report, Associate degree or advanced diploma? A case study, has said students are wise to keep their end point in mind when choosing between an associate degree or advanced diploma.

The report looks at the different pathways to gaining an engineering qualification: either through a higher education associate degree or a vocational education and training (VET) advanced diploma. Both qualifications take two years to complete.

If students are looking for immediate entry to the labour market after a shorter course of study, the VET advanced diploma is the cheaper option.

Click here for more information.


Get your copy of the Australian mining guide to education and training providers

The Australian Mining 2012-2013:  A guide to Education and Training Providers has now been published.

The publication showcases Australian Mining Education and Training providers and courses, and lists 90 Education Institutes and Corporate training providers working in the mining sector who have international experience and/or aspirations.

You can access the guide here.


Environmental Scan 2013-14

The Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) is encouraging industry stakeholders to help inform the development of the 2013-14 Environmental Scan (E-Scan).

All completed surveys go in to the draw to win a Kindle.

The 2012-13 E-Scan can be viewed here.

Final survey responses are due no later than Wednesday 3 November 2012.


Diary Dates

AQF 5 AND 6 CONFERENCE
DATE: 25-26 October, 2012
LOCATION: RMIT University, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

CEET CONFERENCE
DATE: 26 October
LOCATION: Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TOEFL PREP WORKSHOPS
DATE: 27 October / 8 November
LOCATION: Curtin University, Perth / University of Adelaide
DETAILS: Learn about ETS TOEFL online and hard-copy test prep materials. Contact kcook@etsglobal.org for more information.

HIGHER EDUCATION IN FURTHER EDUCATION COLLEGES IN ENGLAND: LESSONS FOR AUSTRALIA
DATE: 29 October (Sydney), 15 November (Melbourne)
LOCATION: Sydney & Melbourne
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

VET DEVELOPMENT CENTRE – VET LEADERS LUNCH
DATE: 2 November
LOCATION: Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth St Sydney, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

TAFE NSW INNOVATION & EXCELLENCE SHOWCASE
DATE: 8 November
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS:  Click here for more details.

AUSTRALIAN WORKPLACE ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LITERACY (WELL) PROGRAM PRACTIONERS NETWORK CONFERENCE 2012
DATE: 8-9 November
LOCATION: Brisbane
DETAILS:  Click here for more details.

2012 AAIR ANNUAL FORUM
DATE: 12 – 14 November 2012
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Terrigal, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS
DATE: 16 November 2012
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

HECQN FORUM: COMPLYING WITH STANDARDS – MAINTAINING QUALITY
DATE: 16 November 2012
LOCATION: The Park Royal, Tullamarine airport, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more details.

NCVER RESEARCH FORUM: DOES COMPLETING MATTER? UNDERSTANDING AND MEASURING COMPLETIONS IN VET
DATE: 21 November
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.


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