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Newsletter | 7 April 2014

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Training Ministers meet under new COAG Industry and Skills Council

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane has chaired the inaugural COAG Industry and Skills Council meeting, and preceded the meeting with a roundtable of key industry and provider stakeholders.

TDA was represented by CEO, Martin Riordan and the CEO of Skills Tech Australia, Mary Campbell.

Minister Macfarlane said that including industry and skills would create a new partnership to examine how the training sector can better support workforce needs across state and territory borders.

“The Council agreed on objectives to reform the vocational education and training sector which under six years of Labor became over regulated and complicated, which has in turn discouraged businesses from undertaking new training programmes,” the Minister said.

Priority areas included growth sectors of the future, the deregulation agenda, energy costs and workplace productivity. However constraint on the federal Budget will put pressure on doing “more with less.”

See the Minister’s media release.

ASQA regulatory activity report

The VET regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) released its regulatory activity report for the period from July 2011 (when ASQA commenced) to February 2014, at the most recent meeting of the Peak Provider Roundtable last Tuesday.

As at 28 February ASQA was responsible for the regulation of 3,952 of the nation’s 4,709 registered training organisations (RTOs), representing some 84% of the national provider market.

ASQA has made adjustment to its operations following representation from TDA at the regular roundtable meetings. These changes include streamlining processes for RTO requests for alteration of scope of registration, and an analysis of the level of churn of some Training Packages (imposing a consequential administrative impost on TAFE institutes).

ASQA has provided this information to the NSSC and has raised with the ISC group the problems for RTOs and the regulator of constant amendments to Training Packages.

TDA continues to argue that ASQA should move away from (and be seen to move away from) a one-size-fits-all approach to regulation of vocational education and training. TDA argues that a ‘risk framework’ is urgently required, allowing for greater recognition (via delegations and self-accreditation) of high performing RTOs, which include public provider (TAFE) institutes.

TDA continue to represent TAFE and seeks any issues that you may have with the National Regulator. The next meeting of the roundtable will be in May 2014. You can send your issues to pcaven@tda.edu.au

See ASQA’s Provider Roundtable Report.

Victoria’s TAFEs report results – student growth, market share pressure

Victoria has released its latest performance report for TAFE Institutes, and Victorian TAFEs have tabled in Parliament their 2013 annual reports.

Enrolments in TAFE have increased by 15 per cent to almost 208,000 over the period 2008-2013.

The Victorian Training Market Report showed pressure on overall TAFE market share, at 32 per cent in 2013, down from 47 per cent in 2008. However the report was limited to aggregate VET trend data, and more detailed market share relating to delivery of core skills and major VET qualifications was not included which may have clarified TAFE’s continued dominant role in delivery of core skills in Victoria.

The Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling described Victoria’s TAFE sector as in the middle of “an exciting transformation” and assured media that TAFE continued to deliver high-quality training that “leads to better outcomes for students, employers and industry.”

He added: “Training data for 2013 released this week shows Victoria’s stand-alone TAFE sector has maintained enrolment numbers in a competitive market. There has been significant growth achieved at some TAFEs with more students training in areas of skills shortage and key skills needed in the economy.”

See an article in The Australian, Half of Victorian TAFEs in red.

See the Victorian Training Market Report.

See Minister Wakeling’s media release.

Mick Young Scholarships awarded at Sydney’s Mount Druitt College

A total of 16 students of TAFE NSW - Western Sydney Institute, Mount Druitt College were awarded Mick Young Scholarships, which are granted to motivated students experiencing financial hardship and provided by the TDA National Scholarships Foundation.

The scholarships at Western Sydney Institute’s Mount Druitt College are generously sponsored by Pascal Press, a leader in school education publishing. Representing Pascal Press was Wendy Beckett who was the first recipient of a Mick Young Scholarship over 25 years ago. Wendy spoke about how the scholarship had given her the start she needed to go on to become a successful international playwright.

The federal member for Chifley, Ed Husic spoke of his strong beliefs in the importance of training and having a “can do” approach to life, jobs and education.

He welcomed the Mick Young scholarships as a great initiative for helping Western Sydney students along their career paths.

Michael Ohlsen, Manager Education at Western Sydney Institute spoke highly of Mick Young and his legacy in establishing the scholarships.

He thanked TDA National Scholarships Foundation and Pascal Press, noting the scholarships were extremely well received by students.

Mick Young Scholarships have formed a key part of the TDA Foundation, with Mount Druitt one of the foundation TAFEs offering the specialist student scholarships.

Wendy Beckett, scholarship recipient Fariba Karimizadeh, and Ed Husic

Queensland’s skills priority report released

Industry and employers in Queensland will have a direct say in training decisions under the first Ministerial Industry Commission report delivered last week.

The report to the Minister for Education, Training and Employment Hon John-Paul Langbroek follows extensive consultation with industry.

“We're not interested in whether or not people have certificates or diplomas if they don't have jobs,” Mr Langbroek said.

Commission Chair and Assistant Minister for Technical and Further Education Saxon Rice said the Annual Skills Priority Report identified key trends across the Queensland economy, pinpointing the occupations that are growing and the skills required to fill them.

Click here for the Annual Skills Priority Report.

Parental influence drives educational outcomes

Students whose parents want them to attend university are four times more likely to complete Year 12 and 11 times more likely to go on to higher education compared with those whose parents expect them to choose a non-university pathway, according to a new study from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Students whose friends plan to attend university are nearly four times more likely to plan to attend university.

The major elements of the study involved understanding the aspirations to complete Year 12; to commence university study in the first year after leaving school; and occupational aspirations at aged 15 about the job they expected to have at age 30.

See the study.

Learn about the business of e-learning

With the advance of e-learning, a new program offers insight into critical management decisions and business issues associated with successfully implementing e-learning.

The E-learning BluePrint provides a total e-learning and focuses on three areas - Learning and assessment, Organisation, and Technology and is designed for two key groups:

  • The Starters - organisations that are keen to change the way they deliver training but are a little uncertain where to start.
  • The Travellers - organisations that have implemented some blended learning already, but are   seeking some further guidance.

Managers are also invited to participate in two in-depth half day workshops, where participants will take a business case approach to creating sustainable blended learning, and be guided in developing practical e-learning action plans, customised for their own organisations.





Wednesday 7 May

12.30pm – 2.00pm

Workshop 1

Monday 12 May

8.30am – 12.00noon

Workshop 2

Monday 19 May

8.30am – 12.00noon

Participation is free but registration is essential and places are limited for the workshops, which are offered as a package.

The E-learning BluePrint is funded through the National VET E-learning Strategy and managed by the Queensland VET Development Centre . The webinar and workshops will be presented by Glenn Searle from InspHigher, and Sandra Lawrence from GuideOnSide.

Click here for more information.

Diary Dates

VET Development Centre – The VET BLOG
For relevant news and articles about the VET sector
DETAILS: Click here.

Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council Awards for Excellence
DATE: 10 April 2014
LOCATION: The Langham Hotel, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

AVETRA 17th Annual Conference
Informing Changes in VET Policy and Practice: The Central Role of Research

DATE: 22-24 April 2014
LOCATION: Outrigger, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Thought Leaders
VET Development Centre and TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 28 April (Sydney) and 29 April (Melbourne) 2014
LOCATION: Novotel Sydney Central & Rydges Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

VET Summit
Velg Training


29 April 2014 – Hilton Hotel in Brisbane

5 May 2014 - Hilton on the Park in Melbourne

12 May 2014 – Sheraton on the Park in Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Australian Council for Educational Research
National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference 2014

DATE: 1-2 May 2014
LOCATION: Rendezvous Grand Hotel, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here.

National Congress and Expo

DATE: 3-5 June 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for information.

Office for Learning and Teaching
National Conference

DATE: 10-11 June 2014
LOCATION: Dockside Pavilion, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
DETAILS: See more.

'No Frills' - 23rd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference
DATE: 9-11 July 2014
LOCATION: Holmesglen, Moorabbin Campus, Melbourne, Victoria
DETAILS: Coming soon.

Victorian TAFE Association
2014 State Conference

DATE: 17-18 July 2014
LOCATION: Holmesglen, Moorabbin Campus, Melbourne, Victoria
DETAILS: Coming soon.

TDA National Conference 2014
TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 1-2 September 2014
LOCATION: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney, NSW
DETAILS: Coming soon.

National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 11-12 September 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Teaching & Learning Conference 2014
VET Development Centre

DATE: 4-5 September 2014
LOCATION: RACV Club Torquay, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

VETnetwork Australia 2014
Biennial National Conference

DATE: 17-19 September 2014
LOCATION: Darwin Convention Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Australian International Education Conference
Inventing the Future

DATE: 7-10 October 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

2014 WorldSkills Australia National Competition
DATE: 18, 19 & 20 September 2014
LOCATION: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Group Training Australia
2014 National Conference

DATE: 12-14 November 2014
LOCATION: Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart
DETAILS: Coming soon.