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Newsletter | 31 July 2017

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TDA signs agreement with Pakistan’s National Vocational and Technical Training Commission

TDA has entered into an agreement with Pakistan’s National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) to undertake collaborative VET activities, notably in relation to capacity building in Pakistan’s growing TVET system.

The parties signed an MoU during a visit to Australia by the Executive Director of NAVTTC, Mr Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema.

Pakistan is a growing international market, with some 126 million people aged under 30. The Pakistan government is seeking to build a training system that builds critical skills, increases women’s participation, and support the many Pakistanis who seek employment pathways in the Middle East.

NAVTTC has been implementing a National Skills Strategy, with significant reform to the TVET sector and, through the MoU, hopes to learn from the best of the Australian TAFE system.

TDA would like to acknowledge the support of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in helping to negotiate the agreement and looks forward to working with NAVTTC and DFAT to develop activities that will support the aims of the MoU. 

From left, Dr Muhammad Khalid Ejaz, Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner; Ms Farah Hamid Khan, Secretary, Department of Industries, Commerce and Technical Education; Mr Zulfiqar Ahmad, Cheema, Executive Director, National Vocational and Technical Training Commission; Her Excellency Ms Naela Chohan, Pakistan’s High Commissioner; Mr Craig Robertson, Chief Executive Officer, TAFE Directors Australia; and Dr Michele Forster, Acting Assistant Secretary Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia Branch, DFAT

Members of new industry training panel announced

The national industry body responsible for the training system has announced the 20-member panel that will oversee the quality of training packages.

The chair of the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) Professor John Pollaers said the Training Package Quality Assurance Panel will provide a final quality assurance step before before Skills Services Organisations submit packages for approval by AISC.

"The AISC wants to ensure the quality of national training products is high and compliant with the skills needs defined by industry," Professor Pollaers said.

Members of the panel are Andrea Bateman, Anna Henderson, Bernadette Delaney, Carol Saville, Celeste Howden, Cherrie Hawke, James Frayne, Jana Scomazzon, Jenni Oldfield, Kerry Jennings, Lesley Shaw, Lina Robinson, Mairead Dempsey, Maree Thorne, Nicola Burridge, Patricia Gamper, Sally Tansley, Sue Hamilton, Terence Smith and Tina Berghella.

ICT apprenticeship program deadline looming

A federal government apprenticeship program for information and communications technology (ICT) students is inviting applications for approximately 1,000 new entrants.

About 300 cadets and 700 apprentices are expected to apply for Digital Transformation Agency training programs, which which will place entrants in federal government agencies.

Apprentices will work the equivalent of four days a week within a government agency while completing a Certificate IV or diploma.

Applications for the 2018 apprenticeship program close 4 August and cadetships close 11 August.

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ASQA cancels college registrations

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has cancelled registrations and rejected the re-registration of a number of colleges.

ASQA has cancelled the registrations of Industrial Foundation for Accident Prevention, and NQ Powertrain.

It has rejected an application to re-register by Train Assess Australia, trading as Caboolture College of Education and Training.

ASQA said it had taken the decisions following regulatory scrutiny, and decided that the colleges had not operated consistently with the requirements of the VET Quality Framework.

Energy road maps - What do they mean for skills?

‘Energy road maps - What do they mean for skills?’ is one of the many sessions on offer at this year’s TDA Convention in Adelaide in September.

The session will explore the outlook for various sources of energy and the impact it will have on the demand for skills, the training of apprentices, and the behavior of employees.

Tony Wood, Energy Program Director, Grattan Institute
Penelope Twemlow, CEO, Energy Skills Queensland

Accommodation blocks close soon, so register now to secure excellent negotiated hotel rates.

Visit www.tdaconvention.info for more information and to register. The draft program is also now available.

Boating mishap takes the life of Northern Territory VET leader

A longstanding figure in Northern Territory's vocational training sector, Mike Harrison, pictured, has died after, apparently, falling overboard in a boating accident.

The 62-year-old was a former CEO of Group Training Northern Territory, and a former director of Group Training Australia. He was most recently a Senior Research Fellow at Charles Darwin University’s Northern Institute, researching aboriginal engagement in the Territory.

The NT News. reported that the avid fisherman was pulled overboard when his leg was caught in an anchor rope.

The National Executive Officer of the National Apprentice Employment Network, Lauren Tiltman, said Mike Harrison would be remembered for his great knowledge and achievement in the training sector, and the support he provided to generations of apprentices and trainees.

TDA extends its sympathy to Mike's family and friends.

Skills For Tomorrow: Collaborating for the Future: Australia-Indonesia-ASEAN Symposium 2017

Education and business leaders along with government representatives from Australia and the ASEAN region will meet in Jakarta in a month for an open discussion on enhancing institutional collaboration.

Led by the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) and supported by TDA, the two-day event, Skills for Tomorrow, Collaborating for the Future: Australia-Indonesia-ASEAN Symposium 2017, aims to foster mutual, long-term engagement between education providers from Australia and across the region.

With a dual focus on the VET and higher education, it will look at skills and labour shortages, promoting quality frameworks, VET systems and products, and supporting international mobility of skilled labour.

The higher education stream, relevant for TAFEs that offer higher education qualifications, will examine internationalisation priorities and strategies, fostering collaboration, and enhancing research collaboration.

TDA encourages TAFE institutes to consider this event, where the VET program has been specifically tailored for TAFEs and where there will be networking opportunities with Indonesian ministerial representatives, including the Ministry of Manpower, Institutions and Industry.

See here for more information or contact Jen Bahen at jbahen@tda.edu.au

Indonesia-Australia networking invitation

The next round of negotiations for the Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) will be held in Canberra this week.

The Australian members of the Business Partnership Group (comprising the six Australian and Indonesian Business Chambers) have agreed to hold a follow up networking function, following the successful event that was attended by around 170 Australian and Indonesian business people and IA-CEPA negotiators in February.

A networking reception will be held this Thursday from 6.00 to 8.30 pm at Canberra's National Press Club, and readers may be interested in attending.

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Diary Dates

Making the Sustainable Development Goals Real in Adult Education
Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) & Adult Learning Australia (ALA)
10 August 2017
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton, Melbourne.
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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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Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group (ACDEVEG)
VET Teaching and VET Teacher Education Conference
8 December 2017
TAFE Queensland, Southbank Campus
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