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Newsletter | 27 February 2017

In this edition


TAFEs named on PaTH program training panel

TAFE Institutes are among the organisations selected by the federal government to provide employability skills training under the new PaTH program.

The program aims to prepare young people for work and encourages employers to take on interns in a three-step process - prepare - trial - hire. It is due to commence in April.

A total of $188 million has been committed over four years to deliver pre-employment skills training to 15-24 year olds.

The Department of Employment announced the 77 organisations that will comprise the Employability Skills Training Panel.

The Minister for Employment Senator Michaelia Cash said providers will deliver intensive training to build the essential skills employers need.

"Training will cover basic work skills plus advanced job search, interview and career development," Senator Cash said.

International VET students choose Australia first

A resounding 82% of international VET students surveyed stated that Australia was their first choice for overseas study.

The 2016 International Student Survey released by the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training surveyed 6,590 international VET students, with China comprising the largest share at 15%.

As well as 82% nominating Australia as their preferred destination for study, 87% said they were satisfied with their overall experience of studying in Australia.

Australia scored well above global averages on two counts - "arrival" (92% satisfaction) and "living" (90%).

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WA Labor promises property tax to fund a freeze on TAFE fees

TAFE has surfaced as a key issue in the West Australian election campaign with the opposition vowing to freeze TAFE fees if elected on March 11.

Labor leader Mark McGowan told the ALP campaign launch that, if elected, he would impose a 4% surcharge on purchases of residential property by foreigners and use the proceeds to freeze TAFE fees.

“We need to make TAFE affordable again,” he said. "A prosperous state is one where locals are trained and skilled.”

"If the finances allow, of course in the future we will reduce TAFE fees," he said.

TDA Members - Expression of Interest due today for EU Study Mission on Innovation Ecosystems, 3-12 April, 2017

TDA is seeking an Expression of Interest for four TDA Member senior executives to join the LH Martin University of Melbourne 2017 Study Mission on Innovation Ecosystems.

TDA will offset by $4,000 (excl GST) the registration cost of attendance. The EOI will set aside one registration offer for a regional TAFE.

At present Australia's innovation agenda is largely focused on commercialisation of university research and linking universities to industry. However an effective innovation agenda must capitalise on the capacity of TAFE institutions in a true innovation ecosystem.

The study mission is benchmarking from a number of European countries and regions where enterprises, government and tertiary institutions (such as TAFE and universities) collaborate to foster innovation and entrepreneurial commercial activity to build new prosperity.

Delegates will visit a number of place based innovation ecosystems, recognised and nominated as regions of innovation and economic transformation including Eindhoven, and Enschede, in the Netherlands, and Milan as the industrial and financial centre of Italy.

The mission will showcase relevant and targeted professional development for senior executives, and build valuable professional relationships both nationally and internationally.

Expression of Interest – Please respond by today, Monday 27 February, by completing the EOI EU Study Mission Form, and return to memberservices@tda.edu.au   

Preliminary findings released on the status and effectiveness of VET in Europe

In 2016, CEDEFOP, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Education, launched a pan-European opinion survey on VET. Nearly 36,000 interviews were conducted across member states, looking at awareness, attractiveness and effectiveness of VET in Europe.

The preliminary findings, presented at a workshop on 23-24 February 2017, show that:

  • 68% of Europeans view VET in a positive light, and 23% view it negatively.
  • 87% of VET graduates are satisfied with the work-related skills they have acquired, compared to just 62% of students in general education programs.
  • 60% of VET graduates found a job either before or within one month of completing their studies.

 More detailed findings are expected to be released in the coming weeks and months.

Time to nominate for the Australian Training Awards

Since 1994, the Australian Training Awards have recognised the outstanding achievements of apprentices, trainees, vocational students, training practitioners, businesses, secondary schools and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

In 2016, Box Hill Institute was named Australia’s best Large Training Provider of the year.

Of the 18 categories presented, a majority of the awards are the culmination of state and territory training awards programs with winners from each state and territory eligible to compete at the national level in aligned categories. There are also seven award categories available by entering directly to the Australian Training Awards. Applicants may have the opportunity to reach the national stage in November this year and gain Australia-wide recognition for the work they do.

The 2017 Australian Training Awards are open for application now and include:



 Registered Training Organisation

 *Applications for this category are made directly to the Australian Training Awards. Entries close Wednesday 31 May 2017.
Application deadlines for all other awards differ state by state.
For more information, visit www.australiantrainingawards.gov.au, email australiantrainingawards@education.gov.au or phone 02 6240 9691.

'More than you know' - National Skills Week 2017

Training providers are encouraged to get involved in National Skills Week (NSWk) which will run from 28 August to 3 September.

With the theme, 'More than you know', it will be the focal point for  promotion of Australia’s VET sector and will showcase emerging trends and new growth drivers connecting skills training with jobs.

TAFE institutes can register their National Skills Week events.

For more information on how to be involved email madeleine.lamond@skillsone.com.au

Diary Dates

ADF Skills and Apprenticeships Forum
TAFE Directors Australia & the National Apprentice Employment Network
21 - 22 March 2017
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20th Annual AVETRA 2017 Conference
18 - 20 April 2017
William Angliss Institute, Melbourne
More information

Group Training Association of NSW & ACT
2017 Skills Conference
14 June 2017
Dockside Darling Harbour
More information coming soon

26th National VET Research Conference 'No Frills' 
5 - 7 July 2017
More information.

2017 VTA State Conference
20 – 21 July 2017
Rydges Melbourne
189 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
More information coming soon

Queensland Training Awards
Department of Education and Training, Queensland
July 2017
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Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference 2017
25 - 27 July 2017
Citadines on Bourke, Melbourne, Victoria
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 2017 TDA Convention - Network TAFE
7 - 8 September 2017
More information coming soon

2017 VDC Teaching & Learning Conference
7 - 8 September 2017
RACV Torquay Resort
More information coming soon

National Skills Week 2017
28 August – 3 September 2017
Nation wide
More information

National Apprentice Employment Network
National Conference
2 - 3 November 2017
Radisson Hotel, Sydney
More information coming soon


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