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Newsletter | 24 September 2012    
 

In this edition

  • Strong support for national approach to VET regulations
     
  • Skills Authority rejects registration of notorious training company
  • India leadership program rated great success by all participants
  • Backlash over TAFE cuts continue
  • Government hosting forum on Australian Skills Centres of Excellence
  • TDA to play key role as UNESCO revitalises UNEVOC network
  • Challenger wins top WA training award
  • Special tribute as David Endean retires
     
  •  Help develop the E-Scan
  • Regional development conference
  • Conference: social inclusion and VET in a patchwork economy
     
  • Diary Dates
 

ASQA late bolt from blocks to clean up VET

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has taken a stand, with robust recommendations in its submission revealed last week, on the quality concerns across VET.

The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) finally made public those who made open submissions to its Consultation Paper on the Review of Standards for the Regulation of VET.

Click here to read the full blog post by Martin Riordan.


Strong support for national approach to VET regulations

The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) says submissions to its consultation paper on the regulation of the standards of VET affirmed strong support for change and the need to have clearer, user-friendly standards, with consistent interpretation and application across the VET sector.

The NSSC released a list of the 114 submissions pledged by industry organisations and individuals.

A submission from the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) recommended that there be a single set of national standards used by all regulators, an overhaul of Tuition Protection, and stronger, more consistent regulation of Training Packages.

TDA also made a submission, and are delighted the NSSC noted its position.

Other notable submissions include that of Professor Glenn Withers, calling for a Bradley-style inquiry into VET, given the continuing concerns over the quality of some education providers.

Click here to view the NSSC communiqué, and here to view the full list of submissions.


Skills Authority rejects registration of notorious training company

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has rejected an application to renew registration for Pow Wow Training.

ASQA conducted a comprehensive audit of Pow Wow Training’s operations, after the private training company was investigated by ABC’s 7:30 for irregular training practices.

ASQA Chief Commissioner, Chris Robinson, said the audit found that Pow Wow Training was critically non-compliant with the VET Quality Framework, which sets out the standards that training providers in Australia are required to meet.

ASQA has undertaken 850 audits in their first 13 months of operations, with almost a quarter of private college activity blocked, while just seven RTOs have been deregistered.

Click here to read ASQA’s statement.


India leadership program rated great success by all participants

Last Wednesday saw the conclusion of a three-week leadership program for 18 senior vocational education leaders from India.

The program evaluations indicated a very high satisfaction rating for all aspects of the program which included workshops, lectures, attendance at the TDA National conference, and placements in three TAFE institutes in central Perth.

Participants included the Deputy Director General for Apprenticeship Training from the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Shri T.C. Saravanabava, and senior directors from teacher training institutes and curriculum centres across India.

The program was supported by the Australian Government and the India Ministries of Labour and Employment, and Human Resource Development.

TDA would like to acknowledge the excellent support from the three Perth institutes, Central Institute of Technology, Polytechnic West and West Coast Institute of Training. They provided comprehensive programs which focused on industry-led skills development and pathways to employment and further study.

A comprehensive report on the outcomes of the program will be sent to all stakeholders and TDA aims to build on the success through joint partnerships, further exchange programs and other cooperative initiatives.


Backlash over TAFE cuts continue

Rallies against TAFE funding cuts continued last week, with 1,500 TAFE supporters protesting in Victoria.

Professor Leesa Wheelahan, from the LH Martin Institute in Melbourne, warned the cuts would have widespread impact.

“While TAFE’s effect might not be visible to politicians, it is an essential economic, social and cultural support for Australian communities and regions,” Professor Wheelahan wrote in The Conversation.

“Without strong TAFEs, there could be serious changes to our social cohesion and economic future.”

Meanwhile, MP for Penrith, Stuart Ayres, defended the NSW government’s decision to cut $1.7 billion from the NSW education sector.


Government hosting forum on Australian Skills Centres of Excellence

The Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) is holding a forum to discuss the development of three Australian Skills Centres of Excellence.

The Federal Government will invest $18.1 million over four years to establish three centres, in partnership with industry and training organisations.

The Government is looking for innovative ideas for Australian Skills Centres of Excellence which will draw on strong established industry partnerships and support.

The forum will be held in Melbourne on 26 October.

Click here for more information.


TDA to play key role as UNESCO revitalises UNEVOC network

TDA has been designated as a coordinating centre for one of thirteen international regions which make up the UNEVOC network.

Along with NCVER, TDA will coordinate and support the activities of UNEVOC centres in the Pacific Islands cluster.

Recently, Phil Loveder from NCVER and Peter Holden from TDA attended a three day workshop in Bonn, Germany where representatives from all thirteen regions were briefed on the revitalisation plans and participated in planning sessions.

This planning will continue through to a November meeting which will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the UNEVOC network.


Challenger wins top WA training award

The Challenger Institute of Technology has been named Western Australia's best large training provider at the WA Training Awards.

Challenger Institute's Governing Council Deputy Chair, Mike Deeks, accepted the award on behalf of the Institute and said he had had the privilege of watching Challenger grow from strength to strength in recent years.

Click here for more information.


Special tribute as David Endean retires

On behalf of all our members, especially those involved in international education, TDA offers a very special tribute to David Endean who recently retired after thirty years of service to TAFE.

David provided outstanding leadership at Holmesglen Institute where he formed part of an executive team which firmly established Holmesglen as one of the first truly international TAFE institutes. In 2009, he was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service in the creation of an education export industry at Holmesglen, and to the TAFE sector in general.

David’s contribution extended well beyond his role at Holmesglen, and he has been one of the driving forces behind TDA’s advocacy for quality provision for international students both on and offshore.


Help develop the E-Scan

The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) is urging industry stakeholders to help inform the development of the 2013 Transport and Logistics Environmental Scan (E-Scan).

You can provide input into the 2013 E-Scan by completing this template, or sending your own report to research@tlisc.org.au

The 2012 E-Scan can be viewed here.

Submissions are due no later than 12 October 2012.


Regional development conference

The conference program is now available for the one-day Strategic Regional Leadership Conference in Port Macquarie on Friday, 26th October.

This conference is aimed at inspiring leadership in Government, Industry and the Community to embrace change and by learning from experts and field practitioners to generate and facilitate strategies aimed at identifying gaps and capitalising on opportunities.

Speakers include, Fairfax CEO Greg Hywood, Federal MP Rob Oakeshott, and AFL Commissioner Sam Mostyn.

Click here for more information.


Conference: social inclusion and VET in a patchwork economy

The Centre for Economics and Education Training at Monash University is holding its 16th annual conference.

TDA members are invited to attend the conference on October 26, themed Social inclusion and VET in a patchwork economy.

Click here for more information.


Diary Dates

TOEFL iBT Writing Section - Item Writing Workshop
DATE: 22 September
LOCATION: NEAS Office, 3/189 Miller Street, North Sydney
DETAILS: Help prepare materials for the TOEFL iBT test. Contact kcook@etsglobal.org for more information.

TDA and TDC THOUGHT LEADERS
From Policy to Practice

DATE: 1 October
LOCATION: Rydges, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2012
DATE: 2-5 October
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: www.aiec.idb.com

AWPA AND INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL JOINT CONFERENCE
DATE: 3-4 October
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Details will be available at http://www.skillsaustralia.gov.au

AUSTAFE 2012 NATIONAL Conference
TAFE on TARGET
DATE: 3-5 October 2012
LOCATION: Alice Springs NT, Kirribilli, Sydney
DETAILS: More information contact Lyle Mellors at lyle.mellors@cdu.edu.au

THE VETnetwork AUSTRALIA BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 17-19 October 2012
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

EYEQ2012: VET IDEAS WORTH SHARING
DATE: 19 October 2012
LOCATION: Southbank Institute of Technology, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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.

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.


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