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Newsletter | 25 February 2013    

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TDA National Scholarships Foundation

Mick’s Big Night Out -
Friday 1st March

New case studies highlight TAFE industry partnerships

New paradigms in TAFE’s approach to the delivery of training to industry will be unveiled at a special business briefing in Sydney today.

A series of five case studies was commissioned by TAFE Directors Australia (TDA), involving conversations with industry leaders, conducted by leading VET researcher and academic, Dr John Mitchell from John Mitchell & Associates.

The studies highlight examples of tailored approaches by TAFE Institutes in delivering technical and vocational education.

The Chief Executive Officer of TDA, Martin Riordan, said Reinventing Service Delivery will be launched in Sydney tonight by the Chair of the NSW TAFE Commission and Chief Executive of the Australian National Retailers Association, Ms Margy Osmond.

The Australian Financial Review says the report shows how TAFE is responding to industry needs, modelling leading-edge practices and meeting goals set by industry and the government.

Click here to view the media release.

Last chance to register for launch of TDA National Scholarships Foundation

Don’t miss “Mick’s Big Night Out”, marking the launch of the TDA National Scholarships Foundation and a new era for the Mick Young Scholarships.

Enjoy the company of the Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Wayne Swan, former Prime Minister Bob Hawke AC, and other senior members of the federal parliament.

Be entertained by some of Australia’s finest talent, including comedians Fiona O’Loughlin and Bryan Dawe, actor Rob Carlton, and musician Tim Freedman.

Place your bid in the auction to win a trip for two to Los Angeles with Virgin Australia, a share in a Bart Cummings-trained racehorse, or dinner with Bob Hawke.

The event will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, this Friday. 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 for further information, and to reserve your seat.

Group training conference early-bird offer closing soon

The 2013 Group Training National Conference early-bird registration closes this Thursday, 28 February.

The conference, Group Training Works, will be held in Brisbane from 17-19 April.

Hear from federal and state politicians, including Shadow Minister for Employment Participation, the Hon Sussan Ley, as well as economist Saul Eslake, VET academic Dr John Mitchell, and highly decorated soldier, activist and public speaker, Matina Jewell.

Don’t miss the welcome reception, hosted by Queensland Education, Training and Employment Minister, the Hon John-Paul Langbroek, at Brisbane’s historic Customs House.

Click here for further information, and to register.

Help review Diploma qualifications in Abu Dhabi

The Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) is seeking a TAFE member to partake in a team to review a new program with the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Council (ADVETI).

The CAA is looking to accredit a Diploma in Accounting Practice to be offered by ADVETI. ADVETI offers Diplomas and Higher Diplomas to students in the United Arab Emirates, most of which are modelled on qualifications offered by TAFE NSW.

To review the program, the CAA will appoint an External Review Team of two subject specialists.

Preferably the candidate will not be from TAFE NSW, and will have experience in managing a similar Diploma or Higher Diploma program in a TAFE institute.

The CAA offers External Review Team members round trip air transport between the country of origin and the United Arab Emirates (business class for sectors outside the country of origin), accommodation in five-star hotels, a per diem allowance of AED 400 (approximately AUD $105) for each day of the visit, and local transport throughout the visit.  In addition, an honorarium of US $600 for each day of the visit is paid.  We anticipate that this visit will require four days, the first of which is a day for preparation.

For more information, contact TDA’s Director of Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, Pam Caven on pcaven@tda.edu.au.

Government blocks second University-TAFE deal

The Federal government has reportedly blocked a franchise agreement between Holmesglen Institute and Charles Sturt University (CSU) that was designed to deliver qualifications in the area of dentistry, combating skills shortages in rural and regional areas.

As part of the proposed degree offer, Holmesglen was to deliver the first two years of a Bachelor Degree in oral health, before the students transferred to CSU to complete their final year at the university’s specialised dental school.

The degree was reliant on Commonwealth HECS funding.

This follows the recent block of a deal between the University of Canberra and Holmesglen, despite former Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Chris Evans, stating the government would expand commonwealth supported places to TAFEs.

Click here to read the full story.

Apprentice commencements falling

Apprenticeship commencements show a downward trend, according to early trend estimates released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The report, Apprentices and trainees 2012—early trend estimates, December quarter, provides seasonally adjusted data for national apprentice and trainee commencements.

The findings show that trade apprentice commencements decreased from 23,900 in the September quarter 2012 to 21,400 in the December quarter.

Click here for further information.

NCVER will also be contact employers over the coming weeks, as part of the Survey of Australian Employers.

The survey aims to gather the views of 9,000 small, medium and large-sized employers, and uncover how the employers meet their skill needs, and the effectiveness of these strategies.

Click here for further information.

Limited places available for RC-2020 event

The CEO of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, Robin Shreeve, will be speaking at the RC-2020 Spring Roundtable, hosted by TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute. Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW is hosting RC-2020’s upcoming Australian visit early next month. RC-2020 is a leadership group of major North American and international metro community colleges, with TAFE membership.

Also on the program is NSW Minister for Education, the Hon Adrian Piccoli, John Dawkins AO, from the Australian Qualifications Framework Council, and Directors from TAFE NSW institutes.

The RC-2020 event will be held on Thursday, 21 March, in MLC Centre, Sydney.

Click here to view the program, or here to register.

Diary Dates

AQF Workshops

DATE: 14 February-1 March
LOCATION: Australian capital cities
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Mick’s Big Night Out - The Mick Young Scholarships annual dinner
TDA and Mick Young Scholarships

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

The College Completion Agenda: Changes and Challenges Facing US Community Colleges
LH Martin Institute

DATE: 5:30-8pm, Wednesday, 6 March
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

The Evolution of Applied and Community College Baccalaureates in the US
LH Martin Institute

DATE: 5:30-8pm, Wednesday 13 March
LOCATION: LH Martin Institute, Level 1, 715 Swanston St Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Inside the Box – Innovator Recognition Program workshops
Hargraves Institute and IBSA

DATE: 15 March
LOCATION: MLC Centre, Martin Place, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information

RC-2020 Spring Roundtable and Forum
TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute

DATE: 21 March
LOCATION: MLC Centre, Martin Place, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

AVETRA Conference 2013

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

LSAY National Research Forum

DATE: 11 April
LOCATION: Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information. Email events@ncver.com.au to register.

Group Training National Conference 2013 – Group Training Works
Group Training Australia

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

TLISC Awards for Excellence
Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council

DATE: 18 April, 2013
LOCATION: Melbourne
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.

TDA Annual Conference 2013
TAFE Directors Australia

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

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.

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