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Newsletter | 26 June 2017

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NSW budget delivers boost for TAFE infrastructure

TAFE NSW has received a big increase in funding for capital works in last week's state Budget.

The 2017-18 budget shows that funds for capital works for the TAFE Commission will increase by $34 million or 26% to $131 million over the previous financial year.

The Assistant Minister for Skills Adam Marshall said the funds would support seven new major capital projects and continued work on 26 existing projects and include stage 2 of TAFE NSW’s Connected Learning Centres.

The Budget papers also show:

  • Recurrent funding for TAFE NSW of $1.7 billion, including receipts from Smart and Skilled, will increase of 0.2%
  • Staffing is forecast to fall by 501 to 9,969
  • Course enrolments are projected to fall by 26,609 to 516,700

See the NSW Budget 'Industry cluster' papers.

Apprentice incentives lifted in South Australian budget

South Australian businesses that employ an apprentice under an existing job creation scheme will receive an extra $5,000 following the state budget last week.

The Job Accelerator Grant scheme, announced last year, provides up to $10,000 over two years to SMEs for each job created.

Now, businesses will receive an extra $5,000 if the person is an apprentice or trainee. It will be backdated to July 2016, meaning businesses that have already hired a new apprentice or trainee will receive the payment.

It is expected to cost $8.1 million over three years, and support some 2,000 applicants.

Group training apprenticeships featured in OECD report

A joint OECD-ILO report has highlighted the experience of group training in Western Australia among a series of international case studies of apprentice development.

The report, Engaging Employers in Apprenticeship Opportunities: Making It Happen Locally, examines best practice in employer engagement in apprenticeship programs across nine countries.

It details the experience of ABN Group, a West Australian construction company that embedded a group training organisation into its operations.

It notes that the enterprise-embedded model is rare across OECD countries, and that it achieved a 70% apprentice completion rate and an 80% retention rate six months after graduation.

"This case is an example of how industry can challenge norms and regulations and question whether public policy is delivering as intended, or whether regulation is hampering or encouraging innovation and productivity," the report says.

Skills minister Karen Andrews to address TDA Convention in Adelaide

The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews, pictured, will deliver a ministerial address at the 2017 TDA Convention in Adelaide in September.

Skills minister Karen Andrews to address TDA Convention in Adelaide The convention will be held at the Adelaide Hilton on 7 and 8 September with a Welcome Reception at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday 6 September.

Earlybird registration closes on July 14.

Register now if you would like to pay for your registration this financial year. You can pay online with MasterCard or Visa or you can select to pay by EFT and you will receive a tax invoice immediately.

Visit www.tdaconvention.info for a list of all confirmed speakers and registration information.

ASQA hiring regulatory officer

The national VET regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is recruiting a person for the role of Lead Regulatory Officer, based in Sydney.

The position, at APS level 6, is required to analyse complaints and regulatory matters regarding training providers, and lead an audit team undertaking on-site audits.

The candidate requires a solid knowledge of the VET sector, experience in applying risk management audit principles, and experience in conducting training quality audits.

The closing date for applications is 7 July.

See more

St John Ambulance issues advice on first aid training for TAFE students

Recent news of unscrupulous training colleges handing out fraudulent first aid certificates has prompted St John Ambulance to issue advice on quality first aid training.

St John Ambulance Victoria training team manager Anthony Hasphal has provided a detailed rundown of the issues to consider in selecting a first aid training provider.

"To truly ensure that graduates are job ready, it is important that they receive additional industry-relevant training to help prepare them for situations that they might encounter on the job, including medical emergencies," he said.

In April, the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority exposed a number of colleges issuing fraudulent first aid certificates to childcare workers.

"In light of this, it's important that first aid training for TAFE is up to date and of a quality as high as TAFE's own industry-specific courses," Mr Hasphal said.

The article covers:

  • What to look for in choosing a first aid provider
  • The different types of first aid courses available
  • The different ways first aid training can be made available for students

See the article

AIEC 2017 early bird registration ends 1 August

Registrations are now open for one of the most highly anticipated international education conferences of 2017.

The Australian International Education Conference will be held in Hobart from 10-13 October and will feature thought-leaders and industry experts from across the international education sector.

Early bird discounts are available until Tuesday 1 August.

Register here

Diary Dates

26th National VET Research Conference 'No Frills' 
5 - 7 July 2017
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2017 VTA State Conference
TAFE: Advancing Victorian Prosperity
20 – 21 July 2017
Rydges, Exhibition Street, Melbourne
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Queensland Training Awards
Department of Education and Training, Queensland
July 2017
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Youth Engagement Summit
25 July 2017
Ovolo Woolloomooloo, Sydney
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Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference 2017
25 - 27 July 2017
Citadines on Bourke, Melbourne, Victoria
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Towards Carbon Neutrality Workshop
14 - 15 August 2017
City Convention Centre, Victoria University, Victoria
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TDA Convention 2017 - Networked TAFE
7 - 8 September 2017 (Welcome Reception 6 September at Adelaide Oval)
Adelaide Hilton, South Australia
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2017 VDC Teaching & Learning Conference
7 - 8 September 2017
RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
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National Skills Week 2017
28 August – 3 September 2017
Nation wide
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National VET Conference
13 - 15 September 2017
International Convention Centre, Sydney
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Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)
10 - 13 October 2017
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania
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AUSTAFE National Conference
Turning Together for Success
11 - 13 October 2017
TAFE Queensland, Brisbane
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Chinese Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE)
Annual Conference
19 - 22 October 2017
Beijing, China
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International Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Conference
THINK BIG for Global Goals
1 - 3 November 2017
RMIT University, Victoria
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National Apprentice Employment Network
National Conference
1 - 3 November 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, Sydney
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Australian Training Awards
23 November 2017
National Convention Centre, Canberra
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