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Newsletter | 3 October 2017

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William Angliss Institute ASPIRES in Vietnam

William Angliss Institute CEO, Nicholas Hunt and Director of International Business Development, Wayne Crosbie, were the inaugural speakers at the ASPIRES program at the Australian Embassy in Hanoi.

ASPIRES – the Australian Speakers and Partnerships In Research, Education and Skills program – is an initiative of the Department of Education and Training’s Hanoi staff, and will profile visiting Australian tertiary education, research and skills experts through public presentations and workshops with Vietnamese government officials, institutions and industry leaders.

The program is designed to position Australia as Vietnam’s leading knowledge and skills partner country and is an innovative model of bilateral cooperation in education and training.

William Angliss kicked off the program by addressing a number of issues topical to Vietnamese counterparts, including competency-based VET systems, governing and managing an autonomous vocational institution, managing and implementing large projects across ASEAN and working with industry at a local and national level.

Over 65 participants attended the inaugural seminar, showing the significant interest in skills and VET issues in Vietnam.  Attendees included policy makers from the Directorate of Vocational Education and Training in Vietnam and rectors and vice-rectors of vocational colleges in Hanoi and from other surrounding provinces including Hai Phong, Ninh Binh, Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc, and Bac Ninh.

If TAFE leaders or staff are interested in participating in the ASPIRES program when visiting Vietnam in the future, they should contact Jen Bahen at TDA, jbahen@tda.edu.au or Joanna Wood at the Australian Embassy in Hanoi Joanna.wood@dfat.gov.au 

William Angliss Institute ASPIRES in Vietnam

Delegates at the ASPIRES program at the Australian embassy in Hanoi

Training package recommendations due by end of the year

The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said that the process of reform of training packages will begin in earnest when a report is delivered to the federal government by the end of the year.

A Training Product Reform Joint Working Party is currently examining the structure of training packages.

"It will determine whether there are alternative approaches to qualification design more suited to the changing nature of work into the future," Ms Andrews said.

She said the working party will deliver a report by the end of the year on the case for change to the design of qualifications.

"This is likely to be followed by a consultation process to seek feedback on any proposed changes," Ms Andrews said.

Digital skills need work

The way that employers describe their need for digital skills and the way that training packages deliver them is problematic and poses risks for future workforce development, according to a new study.

The paper by the NCVER examines the case of digital skills in two sectors – Transport and Logistics, and Public Safety and Correctional Services.

It found that from 1708 online job ads, only 204, or 12 per cent specifically mentioned digital skills, and even where they did, it was “largely vague and mostly basic”.

“Employers used descriptions of expected performance like ‘strong’, ‘good’, ‘sound’, ‘solid’ and ‘basic’. This suggests that employers are not clearly articulating their specific skills needs,” the report said.

It says there is significant digital skills content across 11 selected training packages, however much of it is elective rather than core.

It finds that the training system may not be according digital skills the same ‘essential skills status’ as would be expected, and recommends a ‘national digital skills framework’, akin to the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework.

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WorldSkills Australia in need of volunteers

WorldSkills Australia is seeking volunteers for the 2018 WorldSkills Australia National Championship.

The competition will be held in Sydney at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour from 29 May to 7 June next year.

Volunteer roles available include Judge, Deputy Chief Judge, Chief Judge, Skill Manager, Workshop Manager, and Event Volunteers.

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Batchelor Institute hiring a CEO

Batchelor Institute in the Northern Territory is recruiting a chief executive officer.

The position is for a fixed three-year term and applications close 15 October.

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Austrade to help firms work with aid agencies

Austrade is holding a series of seminars to assist Australian businesses to work with international aid agencies.

The program will be held across Australia, 9- 13 October, and will comprise three parts:

  • Procurement seminars focused on providing information on the process cycle and opportunities to work with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank (WB) and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
  • Sector-specific in-depth sessions with the ADB Head Quarter industry leads via WebEx
  • One-on-one meetings with ADB and WB procurement representatives.

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Diary Dates

2017 International Aid Business Opportunity Seminars
9 - 13 October 2017
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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
7 & 8 December 2017
TAFE Queensland, Southbank Campus
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