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Newsletter | 6 August 2012    
 

In this edition

  • NSW Premier leads education mission to China
     
  • International student report – The Australian
     
  • Expression of Interest Keynote Speakers – Joint TDA Australia China CEAIE conference on sustainability and green skills
     
  • Federal Tuition Protection Service – fee consultation
     
  • Education Ministers authorise National Trade Cadetships scheme
     
  • TDA 2012 National Conference – Programme launch
     
  • Another institution suffers under Victorian TAFE budget
     
  • Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency conference – The Future of Work
     
  • Diary Dates
 

Feature story

NCVER: Attrition data released

Attrition rates are declining for trainees but not for trade apprentices according to new data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2011.

Click here for more information.

 


NSW Premier leads education mission to China

NSW Premier, the Hon. Barry O’Farrell, led a trade and education mission to China last week, where he launched the TAFE NSW bachelor degree program. Premier O’Farrell launched the bachelor program while visiting Guangzhou.

Guangzhou is the third-largest city in China and shares a sister-city relationship with Sydney.

The NSW Premier took the opportunity during the visit to reaffirm the importance of New South Wales' relationship with the People's Republic of China, and officially launch TAFE NSW Higher Education Bachelor Degrees.

Click here for the announcement.

Premier O’Farrell led the trade and education mission to Guangzhou, Beijing, Chengdu and Jinan in China. David Riordan, Institute Director of TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute, attended for TAFE NSW.


International student report – The Australian

Ahead of the visit, The Australian reported that international student declines into Australia had cut a further $1.3 billion from enrolment income.

Enrolments from China are down 8 per cent, and Indian students are down nearly 25 per cent.

TDA’s Director of International Engagement and Business Development, Peter Holden, told The Australian, immigration officials were rejecting up to 40 per cent of student visa applications for VET/TAFE.

"Immigration officers seem to be questioning why students would come here to do a vocational education course," he said.

Click here for the full story.

TDA has requested from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) a detailed breakdown of student visa application rejection rates, by sector, by country.


Expression of Interest Keynote Speakers – Joint TDA Australia China CEAIE conference on sustainability and green skills

TAFE Institutes are invited along with an industry partner, to nominate for keynote speaking roles at the upcoming TDA Australia/China CEAIE joint conference on sustainability and green skills.

The three-day CEAIE Conference, in Beijing, 19-21 October, will seek to cover two specialist topics; training in mining, oil and gas in the resources industry, and building and design for campus redevelopment.

For further information, please refer to this Expression of Interest, and return responses asap, or LATEST by 13 August to Peter Holden at pholden@tda.edu.au


Federal Tuition Protection Service – fee consultation

The Federal Tertiary Education Department (DIISRTE) has is consulting with key stakeholders on the pricing of fees and levies under the newly introduced Tuition Protection Service (TPS).

The incoming Commissioner of the TPS, Vipan Mahajan, has written to TDA asking for comments on how the risk rating under the ESOS amendments for the TPS levy may operate.

The Tertiary Education Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, has previously undertaken that universities and TAFE institutes will had previously been exempt from the levy, would now be included under the ESOS amendments. This was to motivate wider student placements if private colleges close or go in to insolvency.

For comments, please email Peter Holden at TDA pholden@tda.edu.au


Education Ministers authorise National Trade Cadetships scheme

Education Ministers have authorised the development of the curriculum for the National Trade Cadetships (NTC) scheme for Years 11-12.

Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, the Hon Peter Garrett, welcomed the Australian Ministerial agreement, and that the National Trade Cadetship project would remain under the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

However, ministers made no comment on the extensive delays on the NTC’s introduction since the Prime Minister Hon Julia Gillard announced trade cadetships as a central election pledge in 2010.

Minister Garrett talked up the project, without further announcement on introductory times, nor detail.

Click here to read the minister’s media release.


TDA 2012 National Conference – Program launch

The full TDA 2012 Conference program has been finalised for Perth.

Pam Caven, Director Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, has managed the program and responded to those members wishing to participate and speak at the Conference. The TDA Conference will take place 6-7 September.

A half-day tertiary education PD event will be held on Wednesday, 5 September.

To register, click here.


Another institution suffers under Victorian TAFE budget

Victoria’s RMIT University is the latest institution to indicate it will need to axe some jobs and courses as a result of the state government's cuts to TAFE funding.

The university's TAFE director, John Barnes, said it was not yet clear how many jobs and courses would go, and it was still assessing the impact of losing $20 million in government funding.

Click here to read the full story.


Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency conference – The Future of Work

The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, together with the Industry Skills Councils, are hosting their national conference, ‘The Future of Work – Developing Australia’s workforce in a global economy.’

Media veteran, Kerry O’Brien, will MC the event, and guest speakers include ABC’s Q&A host, Tony Jones, Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, and businessman, Mark Bouris.

The conference will be held on 3-4 October at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Registrations are now open, offering a $900 early bird rate until 1 September.

Click here to visit the Conference website and view a full list of confirmed speakers.


Diary Dates

ATEM
Cross Sectoral Partnerships Symposium
DATE: 9 August 2012
LOCATION: Sydney – venue TBA
DETAILS: Click here for more information

NATIONAL SKILLS WEEK
DATE: 27 August – 2 September
LOCATION: Various
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2012 NSW TRAINING AWARDS
DATE: 28 August 2012
LOCATION: Parkside Auditorium, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: For more information visit www.trainingawards.nsw.gov.au or call 1800 306 999, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/Training Awards

TDA NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 6 - 7 September 2012
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TDC TEACHING & LEARNING CONFERENCE
DATE: 6 - 7 September 2012
LOCATION: Victoria
DETAILS: Click here for more information

SKILLS AUSTRALIA AND INDUSTRY SKILLS COUNCIL JOINT CONFERENCE
DATE: 3-4 October
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Details will be available at http://www.skillsaustralia.gov.au

AUSTAFE 2012 NATIONAL Conference
TAFE on TARGET
DATE: 3-5 October 2012
LOCATION: Alice Springs NT, Kirribilli, Sydney
DETAILS: More information contact Lyle Mellors at lyle.mellors@cdu.edu.au

THE VETnetwork AUSTRALIA BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 17-19 October 2012
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2012 AAIR ANNUAL FORUM
DATE: 12 – 14 November 2012
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Terrigal, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS
DATE: 16 November 2012
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.


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