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Newsletter | 6 November 2017

In this edition


Students in government-funded training in decline

The number of students in government-funded VET fell by 45,000 or 5.3% to 804,700 in the six months to June, compared with the same period the previous year.

While the number of apprentices and trainees rose by 3,900, there was a drop of almost 49,000 in other areas of government-funded training, according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Student numbers in TAFE were down 6.1% to 460,100 while those in private colleges were down 4.4% to 295,400

Over the six-month period, student numbers increased in the ACT (3.6%) and the Northern Territory (3.0%), while there were falls in South Australia (-19.6%), Western Australia (-10.8%), Victoria (-5.2%), Queensland (-4.4%), Tasmania (-4.3%) and New South Wales (-2.2%).

See Government-funded students and courses: January to June 2017

World congress an opportunity for TAFEs to engage on a global stage

Australia will be at the forefront of a global conversation on the future of skills and training when it hosts the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) Congress in Melbourne next year, alongside the annual TDA convention.

The congress, to run 8 - 10 October, 2018,  will bring more than 700 delegates from over 50 countries and one of the most impressive groups of TVET leaders and practitioners ever assembled in Australia.

With the theme ‘Preparing for the Skills Future, Now’, the congress will showcase leading education and workforce strategies, helping to make a difference for millions of vocational professionals and students worldwide.

Attending will be college and institute leaders, policy makers, government officials, researchers, practitioners, teachers, industry representatives, education leaders and service providers.

The congress will be a significant opportunity for the TAFE community, with numerous ways to be involved over a week-long support program, including through speakers, sponsorship, exhibitions, the TAFE Professional Showcase, the Leadership Institute, the Youth Camp, and site and host visits.

TDA will need the support of TAFE institutes and, equally, there will be an unprecedented opportunity for TAFEs to demonstrate their capability on a world stage.

TDA has prepared ‘Opportunities for Australian TAFEs’ which explains the event and sets out the various ways to be involved.

You can also see the 'Call for Speaker Proposals' by visiting the TDA website.

TAFEs can also discuss ideas, opportunities and find out more by contacting:
Jen Bahen, Director, International Engagement jbahen@tda.edu.au or
Craig Robertson, CEO crobertson@tda.edu.au

World congress an opportunity for TAFEs to engage on a global stage

TAFE Queensland's Jenny Dodd appointed to head TasTAFE

The Chief Academic Officer at TAFE Queensland, Jenny Dodd, has been appointed as the new CEO of TasTAFE, to commence in early 2018.

The Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff said Ms Dodd brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and skills from senior vocational education and training roles including Deputy Chief Executive of Canberra Institute of Technology, and most recently with TAFE Queensland.

"Ms Dodd is nationally known for her work in online learning and change management, and will be moving to Tasmania to take up the position from February," he said.

Jenny is known for her expertise in flexible learning and was a member of the Flexible Learning Advisory Group for seven years. She is also a board member of the TAFE Directors Australia National Scholarships Foundation.

TDA extends its congratulations to Jenny on her appointment.

Skills funding projects close to finalisation, says minister Karen Andrews

The federal government's $3 billion Skilling Australians Fund is getting close to finalising projects that will  be given the green light, according to the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews.

Ms Andrews told the National Apprentice Employment Conference that discussions were well under way with the states, at both a ministerial and official level, to determine the projects that would proceed.

Many of the states were "quite advanced" in developing projects, the Minister said.

"I can assure you that while there might not be as many visible signs that work is happening as some people would like, there is a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes and I'm very confident that its coming towards a conclusion," Ms Andrews said.

The fund will see the states nominate eligible projects and provide matched funding, with the aim of creating some 300,000 apprenticeships over four years.

The Shadow Minister for TAFE, Skills and Apprenticeships, Senator Doug Cameron told the conference that the government's reliance on funding the program through a levy on firms importing skilled migrants meant it was likely to fail.

"If the number of skilled migrants goes down under the Coalition, so will funding for skills development and apprenticeships," he said.

Career opportunities open through senior roles in TAFE NSW

A total of 38 senior positions are currently being advertised across TAFE NSW.

The roles are associated with the TAFE NSW modernisation program and extend across three divisions - the Regional Business Group, the Education and Training Group, and TAFE Digital. There are openings in both metropolitan and regional areas.

The closing date for all positions is Sunday 12 November.

See details of all the positions open in TAFE NSW

ASQA gets a tick in its latest report card

The VET regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), has received an overall positive rating from training providers in its latest report card, but has been chastised over the speed and quality of some of its responses.

ASQA was viewed as an effective regulator by 77% of registered training organisations (RTOs), a result that was in line with the previous annual survey.

The best rated features were ASQA’s communication channels, which all scored above 90% positive rating.

The lowest scores related to issues surrounding reviews of RTO license applications, something ASQA says "is not surprising considering applications for a reconsideration of a decision follow an adverse decision."

ASQA's email service and info line each attracted some negative feedback in relation to issues such as speed of responses, knowledge of staff, and completeness of answers.

ASQA says that many RTOs are supportive of its compliance actions but they also want swifter action against the “cowboys” bringing down the reputation of the sector.

See ASQA’s annual survey of training providers for 2016-17

Diary Dates

Australian Training Awards
23 November 2017
National Convention Centre, Canberra
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STEM in Defence Summit
Australian Defence Magazine

30 November 2017
Hyatt Hotel, 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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