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Newsletter | 6 October 2015

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Federal government summit canvasses federal takeover of TAFE

An overhaul of the training sector and a federal takeover of TAFE were key areas of discussion at the Turnbull government’s summit of business, trade union and community groups, according to an article in The Australian.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Kate Carnell reportedly said a federal takeover of TAFE was proposed, while she warned that too many people were being trained in areas that did not serve business and industry needs.

“We were talking about skills training, the fact that there is a huge gap between, say, TAFE and vocational training and what businesses needed,” she said.

“We spoke about the need to bring TAFE, vocational training, into the federal arena,” Ms Carnell said.

“It was identified and accepted by everybody that there was currently significant waste in the training sector,” she said.

Read more.

TDA national conference photos and presentations now online

TDA would like to thank all those who took part in the very successful TDA national conference in Hobart.

Those who participated, networked, convened sessions, partied and spoke, as well as TDA’s wonderful sponsors, all helped to deliver so many great sessions and networking events at superb venues.

You can now re-live your conference experience by viewing the presentations from some of the speakers. More are being added so check back to see the latest presentations.

You can access the conference photographs here.

Victorian TAFEs to host one-stop shop skills centres

The Victorian government has announced a series of skills and job centres based in regional TAFE Institutes.

The Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert provided $7 million to create the new one-stop shops, which will be the first point-of-call for students, employees, and the unemployed.

Mr Herbert said working with TAFEs to establish the centres will allow them to build on their already strong links and partnerships with local industries and employers, such as that between Kangan Institute and Toyota.

A working group of TAFE representatives has been established to work with the Department of Education and Training to develop the scope of services and determine where the Skills and Jobs Centres will be located.

Skills shortages impacting western Sydney, audit finds

A growing skills shortage has been identified in Western Sydney, according to an audit conducted by TAFE Western Sydney and Western Sydney Business Connection.

It found that more than 66,000 jobs advertised in the middle of this year were not filled because of skills shortages.

Management positions have been the hardest to fill, making up just under a third of unfilled job vacancies. There is also a growing shortage in technical skills and in qualified hospitality workers.

The skills shortages could impact major infrastructure projects including the planned airport at Badgerys Creek.

Read more.

Research forum to explore VET’s role in re-skilling displaced workers

A National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) one-day research forum in November will examine the role of role vocational education and training (VET) in re-skilling displaced workers.

The forum, ‘When one door closes: VET’s role in re-skilling displaced workers’ will take place on Wednesday 18 November, 10 am – 4 pm at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

It will discuss the role VET plays now and into the future in assisting occupational transferability, and how policy in this area can help workers transition.

Speakers include Associate Professor John Spoehr, Executive Director, Australian Workplace Innovation and Social Research Centre, University of Adelaide and Dr Andrew Scott, Associate Professor of Politics and Policy, Deakin University.

More information, program and registration

TAFEs invited to join trade minister on Indonesian business forum

TAFEs are reminded about the chance to join Trade & Investment Minister Andrew Robb on his mission to Indonesia Australia Business Week (IABW) from 17-20 November.

A major theme will be transnational skills across multiple industry streams. These include:

  • Agriculture & Aquaculture (Equipment Training & Services);
  • Creative, fashion & design;
  • Premium Food & Beverage;
  • Urban Sustainability &Transport Connectivity; and Healthcare & Seniors Living

These are sectors where skills are sought by Indonesia’s skills certification body (BNSP).

Austrade has already received interest from Indonesian companies for staff training in hospitality, culinary and allied health. The participation of BNSP will allow Australian education and training providers to test the prospect of developing content for other prospective sectors.

See here to register.

Diary Dates

Australian International Education Conference 2015
International education: global, responsible, sustainable

DATE: 6 – 9 October 2015
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: More information.

Australia India Business Council Queensland Chapter
The Annual Australia India Address 2015-09-18

DATE: 8 October 2015
LOCATION: Stamford Plaza, Brisbane
DETAILS: More information.

2015 Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA) Conference
DATE: 11 – 14 October 2015
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, NSW.
DETAILS: More information.

Webinar - Practitioner research: why it is useful in VET and how it is used and analysed

DATE: 26 October 2015
DETAILS: More information.

2015 AUSTAFE National Conference
Bringing TAFE and VET to the Nation’s Capital

DATE: 28 – 30 October 2015
LOCATION: Canberra
DETAILS: Contact National President Jerome.DeRose@cit.edu.au

2015 Australian Training Awards
DATE: 19 November 2015
DETAILS: www.australiantrainingawards.gov.au

HERDSA (Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia)
The Shape of Higher Education

DATE: 4-7 July 2016
LOCATION: Fremantle
DETAILS: More information

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