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Newsletter | 29 January 2013    

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TDA National Scholarships Foundation News

Register now for Mick’s Big Night Out at the Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney, on March 1.

Confirmed guests include the Governor of NSW, Her Excellence Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, the Hon Wayne Swan MP, and former Prime Minister, Bob Hawke AC.

Click here for more details.

Congratulations to John Maddock AM and Patricia Kelly PSM on Australia Day Awards 

TDA congratulates CEO of Box Hill Institute of TAFE, John Maddock AM, for his Member of the Order of Australia, announced in the Australia Day Honours. John Maddock was nominated for significant service to vocational education and training, and to the sport of basketball. Under his leadership as CEO since 1999, Box Hill Institute has enjoyed a transformation and has emerged as a major force in community education, international education, and higher education.

John Maddock is a former Olympian (Montreal, 1976) and later contributed significantly as a sports administrator. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of Basketball Victoria, of which he is a Life Member, and with Basketball Australia where he has been a member of the board from 1992-2011. He also served as Chair of Basketball Australia’s High Performance Commission leading up to the London Olympics.

Patricia Kelly PSM is General Manager, Human Resources, in the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Patricia received her Australia Day Honours for outstanding public service.

TDA congratulates John Maddock AM, and Patricia Kelly PSM, on their achievements and service to Australia.

TDA Conference Occasional Paper now online

Relive the 2012 TDA National Conference by viewing the Occasional Paper, now online at the TDA website.

The paper includes all presentations from last year’s East Meets West conference in Perth, including speeches from Federal Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, WA Premier, the Hon Colin Barnett, the Shadow Minister for Employment Participation, the Hon Sussan Ley and other experts in the VET field.

The conference explored a range of topics, including the opportunities and challenges facing the public provider; improving training and employment outcomes for Indigenous Australians; whether Australia has a sustainable, competitive advantage in skills development; how federal VET policy is impacting productivity; and best practice in TAFE governance and organisation.

Click here to access the paper.

TDA Green Skills Director to present at international conference

The American Community Colleges’ Workforce Development Institute will include TDA’s Director of International Green Skills Network, Linda Condon, to present at its conference in San Diego, this week.

Linda Condon will deliver a presentation discussing “How sustainability skills are delivered to industry by Australian TAFEs”.  She will be showcasing case studies of TAFEs in Australia, focusing on their work in delivering Carbon Accounting courses, assisting industry in sustainable strategy development and training in sustainable work practices across a range of disciplines.

Linda is scheduled to meet executives of the American Association of Community College (AACC), including the AACC Chief Executive, Dr Walter Bumphus, and the CEO of the Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED), Mr Todd Cohen, to outline the work Australian TAFEs are undertaking in sustainability and green skills.

She will also be meeting with the organisers of a delegation of AACC faculty staff interested in renewable energy who will visit Australia in March this year.

In April, TDA has been invited to co-host a workshop featuring green skills at the AACC 2013 National Convention, in San Francisco. Linda Condon is developing a detailed paper to explore ‘Green Skills Networks: How the US and Australia are Pioneering New Collaborative Programs to Meet the Demand for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Disciplines’. The paper will be jointly presented by TDA staff and USA experts, and is coordinated by Mr Mark Darby from Australian International Education (AIE).

Government expands Kickstart incentives

The Federal Government will expand its Kickstart initiative to incorporate further Engineering trades.

Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, announced nine additional engineering trades would be eligible for the Kickstart payments.

The Kickstart initiative increases the incentives paid to employers in the first year they take on an apprentice in selected skill areas.

The new eligible trades are Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (both Avionics and Mechanical), Fitter, Fitter and Turner, Fitter-Welder, Metal Fabricator, Metal Machinist, Pressure Welder and Toolmaker.

Click here to read the minister’s statement.

Mixed results on government’s Youth Attainment and Transitions program

The latest evaluation of the federal government’s National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions program has revealed varying results for different age groups.

Despite a decrease in early school-leavers and an increase in Indigenous participation rates, the latest results show that there are a large group of young people who are neither “earning nor learning”.

The number of 20-24 years olds not engaged in education, training or work has risen from 19.5% in 2008, to 22.5% in 2011.

While the number of 15-24 year olds in full-time education or training has risen, political reporter Daniel Hurst argues in the Sydney Morning Herald that some of the older Gen Y members are struggling to find their feet after the GFC.

The government program is aimed at increasing the number of young people, especially Indigenous young people, completing Year 12 or equivalent qualification.

Click here to read the article in SMH, and here to view the National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions media release.

Opportunities to present at the NCVER conference

NCVER is calling for VET practitioners and researchers to present at this year’s ‘No Frills’ conference.

In addition to standard presentations, NCVER is also offering refereed papers. Following submission of an abstract, successful applicants will be required to submit a paper for peer-review by two independent referees, and may be eligible for publishing.

Closing date for call for papers 12 March 2013.

Click here for further information, including details on how to submit a presentation and paper.

2013 AQF Workshops

The Australian Qualifications Framework will be holding workshops during February and March to provide support to VET providers for the implementation of the AQF.

The workshops will be held in each capital city and focus on understanding and using the AQF.

To book into a session, please email your preferred location, time, email and telephone contacts for each person you are booking for, to aqfc@innovation.gov.au.

Click here for further information.

Register now for innovation workshops

Register now for Inside the Box – a one-day workshop based on the Innovator Recognition Program (IRP).

The program aims to encourage better use of organisational innovation through staff engagement and recognition.

Program collaborators, The Hargraves Institute and Innovation and Business Skills Australia (IBSA), encourage RTOs looking to offer the accredited Skills Sets in Innovation Practice and Innovation Management to attend, as well as employer associations, CEOs and employees interested in new innovation strategies.

Click here for further information and to register.

TAFE an international focus

TDA’s Director, International Engagement and Business Development, Peter Holden, was interviewed recently for The PIE News – a UK-based, online news source for Professionals in International Education (PIE).

In the interview, Peter explains the role of TAFE in Australia and internationally. Click here to read.

Diary Dates

CCID Annual Conference
DATE: February 22-25, 2013
LOCATION: Atlanta, Georgia USA
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Mick's Big Night Out

DATE: Friday, March 1 2013
LOCATION: Four Seasons Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Inside the Box – Innovator Recognition Program workshops

DATE: 15 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: Sofitel, Brisbane Central
DETAILS: Click here for further information. Email events@ncver.com.au to register.

Group Training National Conference 2013 – Group Training Works

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

TLISC Awards for Excellence

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

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

2013 National VET Conference

DATE: 19-20 September, 2013
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
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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