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Newsletter | 2 October 2012    
 

In this edition

  • Women bear brunt of Victorian TAFE cuts
     
  • Government funds new competency-based progression scheme for electrical apprentices
     
  • Contact hours hinder TAFE competitiveness
     
  • TasTAFE transition plans on track
     
  • Changes to Diploma of Nursing
     
  • A rise in revenue for VET sector
     
  • 1.9 million enrolled in VET
     
  • Victory at Northern Territory Training Awards
     
  • TAFE NSW Innovation and Excellence Showcase
     
  • Enrol now for e-learning conference
     
  • Kyrgyzstan project seeking international TVET experts
     
  • New issue of Journal of Vocational and Technical Education in China
     
  • Diary Dates
 

Creating an ‘Asia Capable Workforce’

The Taskforce for an Asia Capable Workforce has launched a national strategy for the development of critical 'Asia Capabilities' in the Australian workforce.

The strategy identifies the six individual and five organisational capabilities critical to business success in, and with, Asia.

The Taskforce drew on the expertise of TAFE Directors Australia and other organisations.

Click here for further information, including the complete national strategy.

 


Women bear brunt of Victorian TAFE cuts

Female students will suffer the most from the Baillieu Government’s funding cuts to TAFE, according to analysis conducted by the Victorian TAFE Association (VTA).

The VTA said TAFE courses skewed to female students had lost up to 85% of their government subsidies, while the most male-dominated TAFE courses had lost only about 6%.

VTA executive director David Williams said women had been disproportionately affected because they tended to favour the disciplines which had seen the most severe funding cuts, including hospitality, retail and business administration.

The Victorian government disputed these claims, maintaining that funding for female-dominated courses has risen.

Click here to read an article in The Australian.


Government funds new competency-based progression scheme for electrical apprentices

The Federal Government has granted $20 million to new reforms that will improve the retention rates of electrical apprentices.

The initiative, led by industry, enables apprentices to progress through their training as they demonstrate the required competencies, rather than on a time served basis.

Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, announced that 2,500 apprentices will benefit from the partnership with EE-Oz Training Standards.

“It means that apprentices who meet competencies earlier benefit by obtaining their formal qualification sooner,” Senator Evans said.

Click here to read the Minister’s statement.


TasTAFE transition on track

The Tasmanian Minister for Education and Skills, Nick McKim, has said the state’s transition to a single VET entity, TasTAFE, is on track.

Mr McKim also announced the appointment of Kathryn Thomas, a Global Learning Leader for IBM, as Chair of the interim TasTAFE Board.

Prior to this appointment, Mrs Thomas was a member of the Tasmanian Skills Institute Board and previously, the interim Chair and Board member of the former Polytechnic Board.

One of her first duties will be to assist in the appointment of a Chief Executive Officer.

Click here for more information.


Changes to Diploma of Nursing

In May, the program HLT51607 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) was replaced by HLT51612 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing) within the National Health Training Package.

Due to the changes to some content and course codes within the new version (version 5), all universities, TAFE’s, and registered training organisations who are currently delivering an Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accrediation Council (ANMAC) accredited HLT51607 Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing program must notify ANMAC of their updated course schedule.

Click here for more information.


A rise in revenue for VET sector

Operating revenues for the public VET sector increased by $720.5 million since 2010, according to the latest financial information released by the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER)

Overall, operating revenues for the public VET sector were $7.869 billion in 2011, an 10.5% increase on 2010.

Comparing revenue for 2011 with 2010 shows:

• revenue from the Australian Government increased by 7.8%, or $159.7 million 
• revenue from the state and territory governments rose by 18.3%, or $613.9 million 
• total operating expenditures also increased to a total of $7.900 billion, an increase of $326.0 million (4.3%) from 2010.

Click here for more information.

NCVER is also holding a research forum on completion rates, Does completing matter? Understanding and measuring completions in VET.

Click here for more information or see the Diary Dates section of this newsletter.


1.9 million students enrolled in VET

The latest report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveals 1.9 million students were enrolled in vocational education and training in 2011.

The figures, detailed in its September Annual Social Trends report, found that the majority of enrolled students were male (52%), versus 48% of female enrollments.

Click here to read the ABS release.


Victory at Northern Territory Training Awards

Charles Darwin University has won the prestigious Training Provider of the Year Award at the NT Training Awards in Darwin.

CDU offers some 200 VET qualifications to about 14 000 students in more than 150 locations throughout the Territory.

Click here for more information.


TAFE NSW Innovation and Excellence Showcase

Registrations are now open for the TAFE NSW Innovation and Excellence Showcase.

The showcase offers staff, stakeholders, and industry and community organisations the opportunity to share and exhibit their innovative projects, partnerships and opportunities that are improving skills development and employment outcomes.

The project categories are Inclusion, Learning Outcomes, Partnerships, Support Services and Sustainability.

The showcase will be held on November 8, at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Click here for information and to register to attend.

You can also join us on Twitter @tafeinnovation and LinkedIn via our website.


Enrol now for e-learning conference

EYEQ2012: VET ideas worth sharing focuses on innovative approaches to e-learning and capability building for quality teaching, learning and assessment practices in the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

The one-day conference is being held in Brisbane on Friday, 19 October 2012.

Click here for more information.


Kyrgyzstan project seeks international TVET experts

The mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Kyrgyzstan has announced international consultancy positions within its EU funded vocational education project.

Particularly, IOM is seeking TVET experts to upgrade occupation curricula.

Click here for more information.

Instructions on how to apply are indicated in the Terms of References for each consultancy position.


New issue of Journal of Vocational and Technical Education in China

The new issue of the English Journal of Vocational and Technical Education in China has been published.

It is a special issue about the historical development of vocational education in China.

Click here to read the journal.


Diary Dates

AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2012
DATE: 2-5 October
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: www.aiec.idb.com

AWPA AND INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL JOINT CONFERENCE
DATE: 3-4 October
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Details will be available at http://www.skillsaustralia.gov.au

AUSTAFE 2012 NATIONAL Conference
TAFE on TARGET
DATE: 3-5 October 2012
LOCATION: Alice Springs NT, Kirribilli, Sydney
DETAILS: More information contact Lyle Mellors at lyle.mellors@cdu.edu.au

THE VETnetwork AUSTRALIA BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 17-19 October 2012
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

EYEQ2012: VET IDEAS WORTH SHARING
DATE: 19 October 2012
LOCATION: Southbank Institute of Technology, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AQF 5 AND 6 CONFERENCE
DATE: 25-26 October, 2012
LOCATION: RMIT University, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

CEET CONFERENCE
DATE: 26 October
LOCATION: Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TOEFL PREP WORKSHOPS
DATE: 27 October / 8 November
LOCATION: Curtin University, Perth / University of Adelaide
DETAILS: Learn about ETS TOEFL online and hard-copy test prep materials. Contact kcook@etsglobal.org for more information.

2012 AAIR ANNUAL FORUM
DATE: 12 – 14 November 2012
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Terrigal, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS
DATE: 16 November 2012
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

NCVER RESEARCH FORUM: DOES COMPLETING MATTER? UNDERSTANDING AND MEASURING COMPLETIONS IN VET
DATE: 21 November
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.


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