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Newsletter | 6 June 2016

In this edition


Former ABC head appointed to run NSW education department

The former managing director of the ABC, Mark Scott, has been appointed as Secretary of the NSW Department of Education.

Mr Scott was a teacher at St Andrew’s Cathedral School before working in senior roles for two education ministers in the Greiner Government - Virginia Chadwick and Terry Metherell.

He completed a Master of Public Administration at Harvard before joining Fairfax as a journalist, rising to senior editorial and executive roles, then moving to the ABC.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said, “I look forward to working with Mark to continue delivering the most comprehensive set of reforms of school education in a century."

TAFE Western Sydney hits the election trail with 'Rob's Campaign'

TAFE Western Sydney has taken a novel marketing approach with its 'Educating Rob' campaign which is grabbing the attention of hundreds of year 11 and 12 school students.

Seizing on the election theme, the star of Here Come The Habibs, Rob Shehadie, takes his presidential cavalcade on a mock campaign tour, urging a ‘Vote for Rob to visit your School'.

In a black hummer, he is accompanied by a security detail and 22 Lebanese drummers.

It follows an earlier campaign where Rob studies his automotive apprenticeship and diploma of communications, gains a job as an auto mechanic and embarks on a campaign to promote the "fantasticness" of TAFE Western Sydney.

More than 350 students joined Rob’s Campaign Snapchat, and a social media frenzy erupted over schools which Rob will visit.

See the campaign launch

Best TAFE promotion to feature at 2016 TDA Convention

Promotions such as the TAFE Western Sydney initiative reported above are to be featured at the 2016 TDA Convention in Melbourne in October.

TDA is inviting TAFE Institutes to submit their nominations for the best TAFE promotional and marketing initiatives.

They may be acros any platform - print, online, social media, direct engagement or any other area that promotes the value of TAFE to students, employers or the community.

The outstanding examples and the winners will be announced at the TDA Convention in October.

TAFE Institutes can submit their entries to: memberservices@tda.edu.au.

Entries close 9 September.

Election campaign sees expansion of P-TECH trial

The federal government has pledged $4.6 million for 12 new pilot P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) sites to promote STEM learning in secondary schools.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced McCarthy Catholic College at Emu Plains in Sydney's west as a new site in conjunction with employer partner PwC.

Education Minister Senator Simon Birmingham also announced Wyong High School on the NSW Central Coast as a P-TECH site.

The US-style school pilot already has two existing sites at Geelong and Ballarat.

Victorian government announces TAFE upgrades and reopening

Victoria's Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert has announced a $10 million refurbishment of The Gordon's Latrobe Terrace building.

He also announced that Melbourne Polytechnic’s will receive $10 million to open its Greensborough campus next year after being shut down  in 2013.

It will focus on three main areas - health and community services, business and entrepreneurship and STEM, and will also be home to the Banyule Tech School.

Also last week, the minister opened a new $52 million state-of-the-art accommodation facility at RMIT’s Bundoora campus.

The project is one of a number of green initiatives by RMIT, which is undertaking a $98 million Sustainable Urban Precincts Program, funded by loans from the government.

TAFE SA cements closer ties with Indonesia

TAFE SA has strengthened its links with Indonesia, with the first South Australia-Bandung Vocational International Collaboration forum, and a signed commitment with Bandung’s LPKI Politeknik.

South Australia's Minister for Investment and Trade Martin-Hamilton Smith opened the 50-person forum, attended by West Java vocational education providers, applied universities and vocational high schools.

The minister said Indonesia’s skilled labour force needs to increase from 55 million to 113 million over the next 14 years.

"This presents an urgent need for additional workers to be educated at the secondary and tertiary levels, and represents significant education and training challenges," he said.

"South Australia’s educational institutions, which rank among the best in the world, can provide support to Indonesia in upskilling workers and providing educational pathways that will benefit the Indonesian people," he said.

Queensland training finalists announced

The Queensland government has announced the names of the individuals and organisations who will contest the regional finals of the 55th Queensland Training Awards (QTA).

Training and Skills Minister Yvette D’Ath said 175 finalists had been selected from 660 applications from across the state.

"This group represents a wide range of industries and occupations, and includes apprentices, vocational students, trainees, trainers and employers who have been recognised for their achievements," Mrs D'Ath said.

The regional finalists will compete at a range of QTA finals events in July and August. Winners will then progress to the state finals of the Queensland Training Awards at a gala dinner on Friday 9 September in Brisbane.

State winners have the opportunity to progress to the Australian Training Awards in Darwin on Thursday 17 November.

See the finalists.

See event details.

Latest data on construction and property revealed in E-scan

Skills Oz has released its 2016-17 Environmental Scan (E-Scan), which provides key updates on the outlook for the construction and property services workforce.

Skills Oz is the new entity that replaces the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC).

The Chairman of Skills Oz, Noel Hamey said this was the first time that the organisation has not been funded as an ISC to write the E-Scan, so Skills Oz had been freed from those requirements.

"Instead, we as a Board have decided what is important and how should our readers’ access information in the easiest and clearest way," he said.

The E-Scan is available to purchase as a whole publication or in chapter downloads.

GLS webinar to explain student engagement, retention and progression

TDA Corporate Affiliate, Global Learning Support (GLS), is hosting an upcoming webinar that will address key issues around student engagement, retention and course progression.

The webinar, 5 Ways to Increase Student Engagement, Retention and Boost Revenue, will look at some of the challenges related to student success, especially in blended and online courses.

Register for the webinar. Contact GLS to discuss how it can help achieve student success.

Diary Dates

2016 Skills Conference
Group Training Association of NSW & ACT
15 June, 2016
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25th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’
4 – 6 July 2016
Rockhampton, Queensland

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VETnetwork Australia
Biennial National Conference
27- 28 July, 2016
Gold Coast
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Victorian TAFE Association State Conference
18 - 19 August, 2016
More information coming soon.

NSW TAFE Managers Association
19 August, 2016
Taronga Zoo, Sydney
More information coming soon.

National Skills Week 2016
29 August – 4 September, 2016
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VET Development Centre Teaching & Learning Conference
1 - 2 September, 2016
RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
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National VET Conference 
Velg Training
14 – 16 September, 2016
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
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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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Australian Training Awards
17 November, 2016
Darwin, Northern Territory
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