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Newsletter | 3 August 2015

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Final countdown for Australia’s Skillaroos

WorldSkills Australia’s 2015 Skillaroos will be officially farewelled this week at a ceremony in Sydney before heading off to the 43rd WorldSkills Competition in São Paulo, Brazil.

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham and the NSW Minister for Skills John Barilaro will be on hand to farewell the 25-strong team at a ceremony at TAFE Sydney Institute.

There will also be a motivational speech delivered by Paralympics swimmer, Sam Bramham.

Each of the Skillaroos will be presented with their own Australian flag, before flying out the following morning to Brazil where they will participate in a number of pre-competition activities.

The competition, involving 1,200 competitors from 60 countries will commence on August 11.

Forum considers next steps in international education reform

Minister Birmingham with a Sydney
TAFE visual merchandising student
The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, last week convened a second forum of industry and education leaders to consider the draft national strategy for international education and advise potential changes.

Held at Sydney TAFE, participants emphasised the importance of vocational education and training and made several recommendations to raise the profile of VET and develop practical actions.

The forum was preceded by a breakfast with the minister and TDA Board members and was followed by a visit by the minister to several Sydney TAFE classes in action.

TDA Breakfast: Di Murray, TDA Deputy Chair, Minister Birmingham, Pam Christie, Managing Director, TAFE NSW, Peter Holden, TDA Secretariat and Rob Cousins, Sydney TAFE Associate Director.

An embarrassment of riches - 25 market place sessions at the TDA conference

Delegates will be able to choose three discussions/presentations from 25 + topics at the TDA National Conference, Hobart 9-11 September.

Delegates may choose to enter into conversations and discussions with a range of experts on a variety of topics including higher level apprenticeships, VET in Schools, STEM, organisational change, good data, what we can learn from Ontario Canada, Nursing in the USA and a new model for VET growth in South Asia.

These interactive sessions provides an opportunity for conference delegates to hear about new initiatives; discuss practical issues; participate in small group discussions with people of similar interests; explore topics in depth; share experiences and ideas and ask questions and make useful contacts.

Click here  for the current draft full conference program including the Marketplace sessions.

New CEO appointed to TEQSA

The federal government has appointed a high ranking UK official, Anthony McClaran, as the new CEO of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

Mr McClaran is currently the CEO of the UK’s Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Announcing the appointment, the Minister for Education and Training, Christopher Pyne said Mr McClaran had led UK agencies through periods of significant change and external challenge.

“I look forward to working with Mr McClaran to ensure Australia’s higher education providers deliver teaching, learning and research of the highest quality and institutions are not overburdened with red tape,” Mr Pyne said.

Mr McClaran previously led the UK’s national agency for higher education admissions, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service.

He will commence his five year term on 12 October.

TDA extends its congratulations to Mr McClaran on his appointment.

China leadership program underway

The ninth China vocational education leadership training program gets underway this week with 23 senior Chinese leaders participating in a four-week leadership program.

Following presentations and workshops from TDA, ASQA, Industry Skills Councils, the federal Department of Education and two Sydney metropolitan TAFEs, the group will spend two weeks of intensive mentoring with TAFE South Australia.

Over 200 Chinese vocational college and technological university leaders have participated in this program since 2011 and the program is supported by the China Ministry of Education.

VET higher education providers reveal their success

Traditional vocational education and training (VET) providers that expand into higher education generally deliver their degrees in niche markets where they have existing strengths and which differentiate them from other providers, according to new research.

A study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has used six case studies of public and private VET providers to highlight the lessons learned from delivering higher education degrees. It has also produced a good practice guide for practitioners.

“Locating suitably qualified staff to deliver their degrees was not a major challenge. However, organisations highlighted the challenges associated with moving VET staff to teaching in higher education and with providing opportunities for scholarship for staff teaching in higher education,” it says.

“Due to recent changes in VET funding policies in some states and the additional burden of having to report to two separate regulatory bodies, these VET providers have faced some challenges and this has led some of them to reduce the delivery of higher education qualifications in their own right.”

Lessons from VET providers delivering degrees

VET providers planning to deliver degrees: good practice guide

Consultations start on future of TasTAFE

Tasmanians are being urged to have their say on the future of TasTAFE as the government embarks on a public consultation process on its education blueprint.

The Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff said this was a watershed time for TasTAFE.

“I encourage Tasmanians, whether they’re from an industry or a community group or the general public, to be a part of next month’s public consultation process,” the Minister said.

TasTAFE CEO and TDA Chair, Stephen Conway said the roadshow will begin on August 3 and continue to August 14 and include Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Campbell Town, the Tasman Peninsula, the East and West Coasts and the Huon Valley.

“We’ll be looking at four key themes including providing quality learning that is accessible, innovation, learning partnerships and contemporary and cutting edge learning,” Mr Conway said.

“We’ll also be discussing how TasTAFE manages infrastructure and technology, its workforce, the system of learning and training and its future aspirations to truly work with and for Tasmania.”

See more.

Ideas invited on national youth survey

Consultations are invited on the next stage of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) that tracks young people as they move from school to post-school destinations.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is currently developing the initial questionnaire for the new LSAY 2015 cohort, and mapping the survey topics for the next 10 years.

It uses large, nationally representative samples of young people to collect information about education and training, work, and social development.

As part of this process, NCVER is undertaking consultations to identify new topic areas, with particular interest in topics that will make the LSAY questionnaire relevant for research and policy for the next decade.

Targeted face-to-face consultations are being in held Melbourne in late-August. Anyone interested can email: georgina.atkinson@ncver.edu.au.

In addition, written submissions and responses can be made to the consultation paper. Please send responses to lsay.submissions@ncver.edu.au by 31 August.

See more about LSAY.

Diary Dates

2015 ACODE Learning Technologies Leadership Institute
DATE: 17-21 August 2015
LOCATION: Mantra at Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
DETAILS: More information

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

National Skills Week
DATE: 24-30 August 2015
DETAILS: More information.

VET Development Centre
Teaching and Learning Conference

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

TDA National Conference
DATE: 9-11 September 2015
LOCATION: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart
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.

2015 Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA) Conference
DATE: 11 – 14 October 2015
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, NSW.
DETAILS: More information.

2015 AUSTAFE National Conference
Bringing TAFE and VET to the Nation’s Capital

DATE: 28 – 30 October 2015
LOCATION: Canberra
DETAILS: Contact National President Jerome.DeRose@cit.edu.au

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