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Newsletter | 4 March 2013    

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TDA National Scholarships Foundation

Congratulations to those corporate partners and TAFE Institutes who took part in the launch of the TDA National Scholarships Foundation in Sydney on Friday evening.

There was great vigour in this new level of support for students, and we were encouraged by the depth of support across industry for the establishment of a National Scholarships Foundation.

Mick Young Scholarships, which has supported some 3,000 disadvantaged students, will have a new and wider platform under this new national TAFE Foundation, which will surely be to everyone’s benefit.

Click here to read a TDA blog by CEO Martin Riordan.

Gala launch of National Scholarships Foundation

More than 300 guests attended the launch in Sydney on Friday night of the TDA National Scholarships Foundation and the Mick Young Scholarships fundraising Dinner.

‘Mick’s Big Night Out’ attracted a packed house including the NSW Governor, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, Commonwealth and State Ministers and MPs, TAFE Institutes, Industry Skills Councils, and business.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, the Hon Wayne Swan, formally launched the new Foundation, congratulating TDA on the initiative.

“Mick’s memory and passion lives and breathes through these scholarships and, now under the umbrella of the TDA National Scholarships Foundation, it will continue to thrive into the future. This makes all of us so very proud,” Mr Swan said.

The Chair of the TDA National Scholarships Foundation, Nicholas Hunt, said the Foundation will be the vehicle for a new, broad-based approach as a national charity to assist students undertaking skills training.

“What we are celebrating tonight is a real maturing in the growth of educational philanthropy,” he told the audience.

Professor Bashir told the gathering of her longstanding memories of Mick Young’s role in helping the disadvantaged, including a personal memento of reuniting a refugee family due to the then immigration Minister’s personal intervention. The Governor added she was delighted the Mick Young Scholarships would continue.

Among the most powerful contributions was from the very first Mick Young scholarship recipient, Wendy Beckett, now an international playwright with productions in New York, and one of the most recent, James Makuei, a Sudanese refugee studying at the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE, who said the scholarship had changed his life.

Guests were treated to entertainment from comedian, Fiona O’Loughlin, musicians, Tim Freedman and Perry Keyes, and political satirist, Bryan Dawe presented what he termed a pre-election list of ‘political stars’ that presented much talent for Australian comedy!

Major auction items included a return business class ticket for two to Los Angeles, courtesy of Virgin Australia, and a $20,000 News Ltd advertising package.

Click here to see an article in The Australian.

Click here to read Nicholas Hunt’s speech.

Click here to view the event program.

John Borghetti, CEO Virgin Australia, NSW Governor Marie Bashir, Mary Young, and Nicholas Hunt, Chair of TDA National Scholarships Foundation

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasure, Wayne Swan

Minister for School, Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Peter Garrett

Mick Young Scholarships recipient, James Makuei

New study highlights TAFE innovation

A new study has highlighted opportunities for TAFE to better provide training tailored to meet the needs of industry.

The new approach by TAFE to servicing industry with training was unveiled in Sydney, at a special business briefing.

A series of five case studies were commissioned by TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) involving conversations with Australian industry leadership, by leading VET researcher and academic, Dr. John Mitchell from John Mitchell & Associates.

Click here to view TDA’s media release.

In the latest edition of Campus Review, Dr John Mitchell unpacked the case studies and debunked myths that TAFE is “outdated” and unable to innovate.

Click here to read the article.

Dr John Mitchell and Pam Christie, Managing Director, TAFE NSW.

Federal Skills Minister visits TAFE campus Wetherill Park

Federal Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, the Hon Chris Bowen, has started visits across his portfolio, and last week made a special visit to staff and students at TAFE NSW - South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) Wetherill Park College.

The Minister met with staff and students and visited four teaching sections, including: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Hair and Beauty, Nursing and Automotive. These sections have strong links to employers in the local community and provide training programs relevant to jobs growth.

Click here to read an article in the Fairfield City Champion.

Minister Bowen meets SWSi Director, Peter Roberts, and staff at the Wetherill Park campus.

Australian Training Awards now open

Nominations are now open for the 2013 Australian Training Awards.

Apply now for National focus categories, which include:

  • Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award
  • Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award *new*
  • School Pathways to VET Award
  • Skills for Sustainability - Educational Institution Award
  • Leadership in VET Quality Award
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • International Training Provider of the Year Award

Nominations close 31 May.

Click here for more details.

International Education Advisory Council releases report

The IEAC, chaired by Michael Chaney AO, released its advice on Australia’s international education sector last Wednesday.

The 69-page document includes 35 recommendations, many of which have been strongly advocated by TDA, and is now under consideration by the Federal Government.

The full report can be accessed here, or click here for TDA’s media release.

Statistics show drop in apprentice and trainee commencements

The latest apprentice and trainee figures released by NCVER indicate a significant decrease in commencements in the September quarter 2012.

The statistics indicate that commencements decreased by 37.5% when compared with the same quarter in the previous year.

However, there was an increase of 6.9% on the total number of apprentices and trainees in-training.

Click here to view the report.

Electrical apprentices living below poverty line

A research report from the Workplace Research Centre at the University of Sydney Business School and Professor Michael Bittman, has revealed that electrical apprentice award rates are mostly below the poverty line.

Despite 2011 Census data indicating that many electrical apprentices are older, may have families and are likely to have completed their high school certificate, apprentices are only living slightly above welfare payments.

Click here to read the report.

Discussion paper to implement nationwide medical training system

Members are invited to provide feedback on a discussion paper detailing the proposed National Medical Training Advisory Network (NMTAN).

The NMTAN is a mechanism established by Health Workforce Australia (HWA) that will enable a nationally coordinated medical training system in Australia.

Submissions to the discussion paper will be evaluated and used to guide the implementation of NMTAN.

Click here for further information.

TAFE members encouraged to attend international VET forum is Sydney

On Thursday 21 March, TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute will host CEOs from member institutes of RC-2020 for their Spring Roundtable and Forum. The forum theme is Vocational and Workforce Training, Re-building the Global Economy. Please see the invitation below. We hope you will be able to attend.

RC-2020 is a not-for-profit international association of vocational colleges serving cities and providing a forum for CEOs of urban community and technical colleges. Members from the Unites States, Canada, England and Ireland will be attending the Forum.

The Forum provides an opportunity to showcase Australia as a leading practitioner of vocational education and training.

TDA would like to encourage our members to attend, to hear about international trends, challenges and successes, and to contribute our own local perspectives and experiences.

Click here for further information.

International Education consultations and briefings

Australian Education International (AEI), Austrade and the Immigration Department (DIAC) have each scheduled a range of briefings and consultations, during the current visit to Australia of education counselors based in Australian embassies overseas.

AEI recently held a briefing in Canberra and TDA will provide a summary report to all members later this week.

Austrade’s focus is on trade opportunities relating to the Asian Century as well as information sessions on a new business engagement grants program. Click here to view the full program of events.

DIAC have sessions in most states and territories focusing on changes to their student visa program and details will be available through the Provider Registration and International Students Management Service (PRISMS). Key messages to be delivered at the sessions include:

  • Automatic and mandatory student visa cancellations are being abolished mid-April 2013.
  • Education providers are no longer able to send s20 notices through PRISMS to international students when they have breached their study requirements.
  • Education providers are still required, under the ESOS Act and National Code, to enter details of an alleged breach of academic progress or attendance requirements into PRISMS.

It is also worth noting that from April 2, biometric data will be required for all student visa applications lodged in Pakistan. A fact sheet can be read here.

Finally, TDA held its first 2013 meeting of the Australian TAFE International Network (ATIN) last week and minutes of the meeting will be circulated to all TDA members shortly.

Threat to AEI Counsellor network – big cuts confirmed for Asia markets

Reports have emerged that at least four international positions for Australian education counsellors have been cut, and possibly more are being planned under budget cuts being imposed on the Australian Education International (AEI) network.

The Australian Financial Review (AFR) today carried confirmation from Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, the Hon Chris Bowen, that the cuts would be part of a wider review of the offshore counsellor network. Further details are yet to be revealed.

The AFR report indicated that counsellor positions have been changed for Taiwan and Thailand, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Phil Honeywood, executive director of the International Education Association of Australia, was reported saying the changes “send a crucial message to Asian partner countries that we are not seeing education as a priority.”

2013 program of IEAA events now available

The International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) has announced the first half of its professional development program for 2013.

IEAA will host a number of programs over the coming months, including:

  • Understanding TEQSA Provider Standards | Melbourne
    Due Diligence and Evaluation of TNE Partners
  • Lead from the Back: Rob Lawrence Masterclass | Brisbane, Sydney
  • Using Stats with Alan Olsen | Webinar
    Where to Find Them and How to Incorporate Them into Your Strategy
  • Outbound Mobility Forum: Back to the Future | Perth
    Facilitating the Post-Overseas Study Experience
  • Paperless Pipedream or Virtual Reality? | Adelaide
    Best Practice in (Online) International Admissions

Enhance your professional capabilities, share best practice with like-minded colleagues and step up the ladder with IEAA.

Click here to view the full program and register online.

England to introduce traineeships

The British Government is looking to introduce traineeships to England.

England Skills Minister, the Hon Matthew Hancock, says he wants to increase opportunities for young people to enter the workforce, by expanding on their apprentice system.

“I want this to offer a combination of substantial work placements, work skills training and English and maths, to support a significant number of young people into Apprenticeships and other employment opportunities,” said the Minister.

The government has released a discussion paper, detailing the proposed model.

Click here to view the paper.

Diary Dates

The College Completion Agenda: Changes and Challenges Facing US Community Colleges
LH Martin Institute

DATE: 5:30-8pm, Wednesday, 6 March
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

The Evolution of Applied and Community College Baccalaureates in the US
LH Martin Institute

DATE: 5:30-8pm, Wednesday 13 March
LOCATION: LH Martin Institute, Level 1, 715 Swanston St Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Inside the Box – Innovator Recognition Program workshops
Hargraves Institute and IBSA

DATE: 15 March
LOCATION: MLC Centre, Martin Place, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information

RC-2020 Spring Roundtable and Forum
TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute

DATE: 21 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: Are we there yet? Youth transitions in Australia

DATE: 11 April
LOCATION: Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information. Email events@ncver.com.au to register.

Group Training National Conference 2013 – Group Training Works
Group Training Australia

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

TLISC Awards for Excellence
Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council

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
TAFE Directors Australia

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

2013 National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 19-20 September, 2013
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Australian International Education Conference

DATE: 8-11 October
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
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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