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Newsletter | 5 September 2016

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Government to unveil new apprenticeship model

The federal government is expected to announce today a new model of apprenticeships that will provide a path to jobs in advanced manufacturing, IT and professional services.

The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, will announce two new pilot schemes - one with the Australian Industry Group in the area of digitised manufacturing, and one with PricewaterhouseCoopers in IT and professional services.

The Australian Financial Review reports that the new pilot schemes will deliver apprentices with diploma and advanced diplomas rather than certificate level qualifications.

The two pilots are part of a $9.2 million program examining alternative pathways to apprenticeships.

Apprentice completion rates steady, commencements down

New data shows that while apprenticeship completions have remained steady, commencements have dropped sharply, according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The proportion of apprentices and trainees completing their training remained steady, at 58.3%.

The individual completion rates, which take account of apprentices and trainees moving between employers while undertaking their training, are steady at 56.3% for trade occupations (down from 56.8%) and 58.3% for non-trade occupations (up from 57.7%).

Commencements decreased by 10.1% from 2014 to 2015, with non-trade commencements down 17.9% and trade commencements up 0.3%.

AFL SportsReady joins apprentice ambassador program

The federal government has teamed up with 15 past and present NRL stars and AFL SportsReady to support the Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors program and celebrate National Skills Week.

The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said that thanks to Kevin Sheedy’s advocacy, AFL SportsReady would become part of the Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors program.

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Poor university admission information hits low income students

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) says the lack of clear information around university admission requirements has an adverse impact on the most disadvantaged students.

In its submission to the Higher Education Standards Panel, TEQSA says that the disparity in information creates an "information asymmetry" between providers and prospective students.

"The students most adversely affected by these issues will typically be those from non-traditional, low SES or indigenous backgrounds, or those for whom HE is a first-in-family experience.

"Improving the transparency of admissions information is not therefore simply a matter of market efficiency but one of equity and fairness," TEQSA says.

The submission is one of 82 made publicly available by the review panel.

Group training apprentices and trainees get a leadership lesson

Group training apprentices and trainees have spent the past week in Canberra as part of an annual leadership program, also meeting key ministers and shadow ministers.

The Governor-General and Group Training Australia Patron, Sir Peter Cosgrove hosted the Today’s Skills: Tomorrow’s Leaders program at Government House.

The 16 selected apprentices and trainees also spent a day at Parliament House in meetings with ministers Karen Andrews and Craig Laundy and shadow ministers, Kate Ellis, Senator Doug Cameron and Ed Husic.

The Chair of Group Training Australia Stuart Diepeveen said the program, now in its 13th year, provides a unique opportunity for some of the country’s most promising apprentices and trainees to extend their leadership abilities.

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TSTL participants with (front row, third from left): GTA Chair, Stuart Diepeveen, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, Lady Cosgrove and GTA National Executive Officer Lauren Tiltman.

South Australia releases international education blueprint

International students contribute $1.2 billion to the South Australian economy, an  average of $30,000 a year for each student.

The Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith released the Deloitte International Education in South Australia report, together with the final version of South Australia’s International Education Action Plan.

The report says that the top five source markets are China, India, Hong Kong and Malaysia, however the fastest growing markets are expected to be Oman, Italy, Taiwan, Kenya and Nepal.

The report finds that on average each higher education enrolment in the state contributes $43,700 to the economy; each school enrolment contributes $33,200; VET enrolments each contribute $16,600 and each English Language Intensive Course student contribute $6000.

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Diary Dates

NSW Training Awards
8 September, 2016
Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour
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National VET Conference 
Velg Training
14 – 16 September, 2016
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
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LH Martin Institute
Innovation Eco-systems: Study Mission to Italy and the Netherlands
21 - 30 September 2016
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TDA 2016 Convention – Skills Resurgence
4 - 6 October, 2016
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne, Victoria
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Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Conference
4-7 October, 2016
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart  
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2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition
6 - 8 October, 2016
Melbourne Showgrounds
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Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) Conference  
12-15 October, 2016
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
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Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA) Conference
9 - 12 October, 2016
Pullman Hotel Auckland, New Zealand
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ACER National Adult Training and Assessment Conference
13 - 14 October, 2016
William Angliss Institute, Melbourne
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Innovation: What's Next For Community Education?
Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference
18 - 20 October, 2016
Park Royal, Darling Harbour, Sydney
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Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)
18 - 21 October, 2016
Melbourne, Victoria
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E-Oz and Skills Oz Conference
Assuring quality in the National VET system – Change, Challenge and Opportunity
8 - 9 November, 2016
Marriott Resort & Spa, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
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Australian Training Awards
17 November, 2016
Darwin, Northern Territory
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2016 National Conference on VET Teaching and VET Teacher Education
Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group 
8 - 9 December, 2016
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