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Newsletter | 7 August 2017

In this edition


Apprentice commencements and completions go backwards

Commencements of trade apprenticeships suffered a significant drop in 2016, according to the latest statistics from the National Centre for Vocational Education research (NCVER).

Total commencements decreased by 2.9% in 2016 to 167,100, but trade commencements suffered a 12.4% fall, while non-trade commencements increased by 5.9%.

Completions decreased by 16.1% to 99,000, with trade completions down by 13.6% and non-trade completions down by 18.0%.

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Apprentice commencements and completions go backwards

TDA Convention Adelaide September 2017 – focus for international business managers

This year the TDA Convention has a strong line up of sessions aimed at meeting the needs of TAFE International Business Managers.

It will feature the keynote address from Dame Asha Khemka DBE, Principal and CEO, West Nottinghamshire College, UK, and presentations by Annella Heytens Vice President and Head of Human Resources, Cisco Asia Pacific Japan and Greater China (APJC), Singapore; Seiyi Goh, Director, Group Talent Management & Development, Singapore Telecommunications Ltd, Singapore, the possible visit by  Gong Zheng, Governor, People’s Government, Shandong Province with 50 delegates expected from China, and a presentation from Brett Judd, CEO, WorldSkills Australia on the Worldskills 2018 Competition  to be held in Abu Dhabi.

There are also four concurrent sessions focussed on international education:

Is reputational damage contagious?

Focus on South America
Wayne Tierney, Education Manager, Trades, International, TAFE QLD

Focus on China
Claire Finch, Manager, Offshore Programs, Sydney Region, TAFE NSW

Focus on Indonesia
Michael Fay, Executive Director, Head of Education Services, AFG Venture Group 


National Strategy and Implementation
Karen Sandercock, A/g Group Manager, International Group, Department of Education and Training

Implementation of AIE 2025, including Market Action Plans, Compete Matrix and Strategic Messaging
Kelly Ralston, General Manager, Government, Ministerial & International Education, Austrade

Update from Council for International Education
David Riordan, Director City Operations, City of Sydney and Member of Council for International Education (invited).

TVET is now front and centre as Australia navigates new economic agreements and reform activities in developing economies with donor agencies often the funding source. What role can TAFE play?

Economic Agreements and the emerging role TVET is playing in economic and social diplomacy
Tony McGee, Director, Pacific Education Advice, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Scope Global, headquartered in Adelaide South Australia, is a specialist project management company delivering international development and international education programs throughout Asia and the Pacific
Simon Barns, Senior Manager Development Programs, Scope Global

In an article on The Mandarin, Professor Peter Noonan says that countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea that once looked to Australia for guidance have succeeded in transforming their systems, relative to Australia's.

The state of play in Asia with respect to technology and innovation
Brad Coughlan, Government Lead - Asia Pacific & Japan Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

How the VET system in Hong Kong has been transformed - including the mission of the Vocational Training Council and its VPET value proposition, industry integration and technology enhanced learning and teaching approaches (including its focus on AR/VR and STEM)
Professor Christina Hong, President, THEi - The Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong

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TDA is offering a $250 discount off a full registration for International Business Development Managers who register before COB on 14 August. Simply register online and on the payment page use the discount code ‘INTMG”

More than academic performance needed for successful school to work transition

A greater focus on non-academic measures of student capability could help young people in managing the transition from school to work, according to Victoria University's Mitchell Institute.

It urges a school system that fosters "curious, creative and resilient learners", as well as fairer access for students seeking a VET course of study.

The recommendations are part of Mitchell institute's submission to the inquiry into school to work transition being undertaken by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training.

"VET is still an important pathway for building technical expertise and workforce skills, and is a key strategy for lifting outcomes for young people, however, current policy and funding settings are not meeting the needs of many young people seeking to enter vocational qualifications," the submission says.

It says that while literacy and numeracy are core foundations of learning, young people need more to thrive in the workforce and over their lifetime.  

"Mitchell Institute considers that prioritising a broader set of outcomes at the end of schooling is critical to not only prepare young people for their futures beyond study, but to support students in to a variety of post‐school pathways," it says.

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TAFE NSW training to help visitor information staff

More than 500 staff who work in visitor information centres across NSW are being trained in the latest customer service techniques under a program developed by TAFE NSW.

A series of workshops, developed by Destination NSW, in collaboration with TAFE NSW, will run across the state until December.

More than 150 visitor information centres will benefit from the program, which is aimed at improving the visitor experience and lifting tourism activity in regional and rural areas.

The workshops are free and open to all Visitor Information Centre staff, whether they work full-time, part-time, as a casual or as a volunteer.

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Final days for submissions to VET regulation review

There is just over a week remaining for submissions to be made to the federal government's review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 and its legislative framework.

Led by Professor Valerie Braithwaite, the review was announced in June and will examine whether the Act supports a responsive, effective and efficient approach to regulation of the sector.

For further information and to make a submission, visit here.

The call for public submissions will close on 18 August.

Professor Braithwaite is due to report to the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, by the end of the year

Queensland conference to drive the future quality of VET teaching

The Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group (ACDEVEG) is hosting the 3rd Annual National Conference on VET Teaching and VET Teacher Education in Queensland in December.

The conference will bring together VET workforce practitioners, policy makers and researchers from across the country. Vocational educators will advance and share the knowledge and projects that are driving the quality of VET teaching in Australia.

Keynote speakers will be the CEO of TAFE Directors Australia Craig Robertson and the Chief Academic Officer of TAFE Queensland Jenny Dodd.

This conference is supported by Griffith University and TAFE Queensland and takes place 7 & 8 December at TAFE Queensland Brisbane South Bank Campus.

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Skills For Tomorrow: Collaborating for the Future: Australia-Indonesia-ASEAN Symposium 2017

Education and business leaders along with government representatives from Australia and the ASEAN region will meet in Jakarta in a month for an open discussion on enhancing institutional collaboration.

Led by the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) and supported by TDA, the two-day event, Skills for Tomorrow, Collaborating for the Future: Australia-Indonesia-ASEAN Symposium 2017, aims to foster mutual, long-term engagement between education providers from Australia and across the region.

With a dual focus on the VET and higher education, it will look at skills and labour shortages, promoting quality frameworks, VET systems and products, and supporting international mobility of skilled labour.

The higher education stream, relevant for TAFEs that offer higher education qualifications, will examine internationalisation priorities and strategies, fostering collaboration, and enhancing research collaboration.

TDA encourages TAFE institutes to consider this event, where the VET program has been specifically tailored for TAFEs and where there will be networking opportunities with Indonesian ministerial representatives, including the Ministry of Manpower, Institutions and Industry.

See here for more information or contact Jen Bahen at jbahen@tda.edu.au

Diary Dates

Making the Sustainable Development Goals Real in Adult Education
Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) & Adult Learning Australia (ALA)
10 August 2017
Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton, Melbourne.
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Towards Carbon Neutrality Workshop
14 - 15 August 2017
City Convention Centre, Victoria University, Victoria
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TDA Convention 2017 - Networked TAFE
7 - 8 September 2017 (Welcome Reception 6 September at Adelaide Oval)
Adelaide Hilton, South Australia
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2017 VDC Teaching & Learning Conference
7 - 8 September 2017
RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
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National Skills Week 2017
28 August – 3 September 2017
Nation wide
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National VET Conference
13 - 15 September 2017
International Convention Centre, Sydney
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Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)
10 - 13 October 2017
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania
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AUSTAFE National Conference
Turning Together for Success
11 - 13 October 2017
TAFE Queensland, Brisbane
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Chinese Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE)
Annual Conference
19 - 22 October 2017
Beijing, China
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International Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Conference
THINK BIG for Global Goals
1 - 3 November 2017
RMIT University, Victoria
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National Apprentice Employment Network
National Conference
1 - 3 November 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, Sydney
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Australian Training Awards
23 November 2017
National Convention Centre, 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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