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Newsletter | 27 April 2015

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Employers to drive new national training model

The federal government has outlined a new, contestable model to put employers at the centre of training product development.

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said the overhaul would align closely with the needs of employers, “because it is employers who best know what skills and competencies they need in their current and future employees.”

“The strengths of our current system will be retained and I will ensure there is continuity in the national training system in moving to the new approach,” he said.

The government will invite proposals for new Skills Service Organisations (SSOs) which will be funded to provide input to broader Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) which will be the main conduit for engagement with industry.

Membership and oversight of the IRCs will fall to ministers with responsibility for skills under the newly-created Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC).

See more.


TDA calls for reforms to restore Victorian training system

TDA has called on the Victorian government to ensure TAFE forms the backbone of the state’s VET sector, and recommended tighter control over public funding of private providers.

In its submission to Victoria’s VET funding review, TDA says public confidence in the state’s training system has been eroded as a result of recent funding and governance issues.

“TDA believes the Victorian government must make a priority of restoring trust and confidence in the capacity of the VET system to reliably and sustainably deliver high quality, job-ready skills and qualifications to learners and industry,” it says.

The submission recommends changes to current state government purchasing arrangements, a guaranteed TAFE share of the training budget, and tighter oversight of the private training market.

See the TDA submission.


Apprentice incentive payments could be improved

Commonwealth incentive payments for Australian Apprenticeships were “generally effective” but did not include measures to determine key outcomes, according to a report by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO).

The report found that the administration of the Australian Apprenticeship Incentives Program (AAIP) focused largely on outputs, and not outcomes.

“While these measures afford some useful insights about the performance of the program they do not enable the administering department, or other interested stakeholders to assess the extent to which the AAIP is achieving its overall objectives,” ANAO said.

It says most Australian Apprenticeships Centres (AACs) performed reasonably well in meeting targets for apprentice commencement and completion, but  not so well in regard to retention. rates.

The incentive program will be replaced by the new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network, starting in July, with successful tenderers to be announced in coming days.

See the ANAO report.


Minister rules out fully open training market in NSW

The newly-installed NSW Skills Minister John Barilaro has declared he is not in favour of a fully contestable market for training in the state.

In an article in The Australian, the Minister said TAFE’s infrastructure and salary costs made it impos­sible for it to compete on an equal footing with private colleges.

“While I hesitate to use the word, a degree of protectionism may be in order so we don’t put a valuable public asset at risk,” he said.

Mr Barilaro said he had not made up his mind about what level of contestability was appropriate but he indicated that the 30 per cent level nominated by the Labor opposition could see TAFEs worse off.

“And the right mix in metropolitan areas might not be right in the regions. We need to be flexible about these things,” he said.


Defence veteran to head Wodonga TAFE

Former high ranking defence figure, Mark Dixon (pictured) has been appointed Chief Executive of Wodonga TAFE.

Mr Dixon has more than 30 years' experience as an officer in the British and Australian Army, reaching the rank of colonel, having graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1985.

He has served in leadership positions around the world, including operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For the past two years, Mr Dixon has been a Director of the Defence Materiel Organisation and prior to that was Chief of Staff and Commanding Officer at the Army's Logistic Training Centre in Bandiana, Victoria.

TDA extends its congratulations to Mark on his appointment.


WA forum to explore state’s workforce needs

Western Australia’s Training Providers’ Forum (25-26 May) will bring together leading organisations to explore the state’s training and workforce development needs.

The main themes will be on industry engagement, vocational currency and compliance.

It is anticipated that approximately 600 delegates will attend, from private and State Training Providers, Industry Skills Councils, schools, universities and other government departments.

Registrations are now open.

For more information, email tpforum@dtwd.wa.gov.au or visit the website.





Diary Dates

Group Training Association of NSW & ACT
The future of work: Rethinking employment, training and skills in NSW and ACT

DATE: 7 May 2015
LOCATION: Amora Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: More information.

Mick Young Oration
TDA National Scholarships Foundation

DATE: 21 May 2015
LOCATION: Kangan Institute Automotive Centre of Excellence, Melbourne
DETAILS: See more.

Global Concepts Symposium
Centre for Excellence & LH Martin Institute

DATE: 27 May 2015
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
DETAILS: More information coming soon.

EduTECH
National Congress & Expo

DATE: 2 & 3 June 2015
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

NSW ITABS
Navigating the new world: New challenges = New Opportunities

DATE: 4 June 2015
LOCATION: Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Western Sydney Careers Expo
DATE: 18-21 June 2015
LOCATION: Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

NCVER
‘No Frills’ conference

DATE: 6-8 July 2015
LOCATION: University of Western Sydney
DETAILS: More information.

Victorian TAFE Association
2015 State Conference - Leading Transformational Change

DATE: 16-17 July 2015
LOCATION: RACV Club, Melbourne
DETAILS: More information coming soon.

TAFE Managers Association 2015
DATE: 21 August 2015
LOCATION: Luna Park, Sydney
DETAILS: More information coming soon.

VET Development Centre
Teaching and Learning Conference

DATE: 3-4 September 2015
LOCATION: RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
DETAILS: More information.

National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 17-18 September 2015
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: More information.

Australian International Education Conference 2015
International education: global, responsible, sustainable

DATE: 6 – 9 October 2015
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: More information.