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Newsletter 7 February, 2011


Cyclone Yasi – Update on Queensland

Queensland’s run of natural disasters continued last week with devastating effects due to Tropical Cyclone Yasi. TAFE Institutes were used in some areas as evacuation centres.

TDA sends its best wishes and support to all those who endured Yasi’s force.

TDA has scheduled its next National Board meeting in Brisbane on 25 February, and will review the damage across Queensland campuses, and put forward recommendations on reconstruction investment spending, and proposals to help those members affected.

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Up-skilling needed in VET sector – Final Report on DEEWR commissioned review

A report into the quality of VET teaching has found that many teachers and trainers do not have a Certificate IV, and recommends that teachers undertake an entry level qualification upon starting their position, and a follow-up with a subsequent higher qualification.

The quality of teaching in VET: final report and recommendationswas released by the Australian College of Educators and the LH Martin Institute.   It brings together evidence from past research, interviews with stakeholders, and an online survey.

The report also finds that there is currently no staff data reporting in the sector, and recommends that in the future, data should be collected and endorsed by institutions, and posted on the MySkills website.

The report adds to a growing body of research on the changing nature of vocational education and training, and specifically on the qualifications and future needs of the VET workforce.

To view the entire report, click here

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Trades Training Centres report shows delays

Sixty-eight of the 288 approved Trades Training Centres (TTCs) are operational according to an Auditor General’s report into the $2.5 billion Federal Government programme.

The report shows that on average, there is a 240-day delay on individual projects receiving final contracts.  Construction milestones have not been met on time, in many cases because of subcontractor and building materials availability, weather conditions, state and territory procurement requirements and lead times, and optimistic milestone proposals by schools.

TAFE Directors Australia has been proposing to Government a far wider role for TAFE Institutes with this ongoing national TTC commitment, and use of TAFE campuses for better sharing of trade training and school facilities.

To view the report click here. Read an article in The Australian here.

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Fees and charges being determined for new VET regulation

The National VET Regulator (NVR) is currently determining the fees and charges for the registration of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that will be enforced once the legislation for the new body is passed.

These fees and charges will be mapped out with industry and professional associations representing RTOs in late February, before being submitted to the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE) for approval. 

The NVR will send letters out this month to all RTOs to provide key information about the upcoming transition. It will also launch a website towards the end of the month. 

Detailed information for RTOs in each state and territory will be available in March, and registration will begin from April to July.

Click here for an update from the NVR.

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TDA to meet with the Knight Review into student visas

TAFE Directors Australia is scheduled to meet the Hon Michael Knight, who was appointed by both the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, the Hon Chris Bowen, and the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, the Hon Chris Evans, to review international education student visa issues.

TDA’s meeting will be part of ‘preliminary consultations’ being conducted, ahead of a discussion paper envisaged to be released before the formal review. Further details will be available on the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website.

TDA will coordinate a submission to the Review on behalf of members following the release of the Discussion Paper in March.

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AEI to hold student focus groups in Queensland and South Australia

Australian Education International (AEI) are planning to hold 26 focus groups in Queensland and South Australia during March and April this year.  

The target groups include international and domestic students, providers and support staff with the aim to further inform the International Student Strategy for Australia. Topics to be explored include opportunities for more social interaction, work experience and knowledge of student services offered by providers.

AEI will work with Queensland Education and Training International and Study Adelaide on the project. For more details on the project contact Steve Nerlich, Director Research, Analysis and Europe Unit at DEEWR steve.nerlich@deewr.gov.au.

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Upcoming international briefing

Australian Education International (AEI) has scheduled a full day briefing with AEI counsellors from overseas posts, to be held in Canberra, 4 March.

The briefing will provide an update on international education in Australia, feature presentations and panel discussions by representatives from government and the education sector, and provide a forum to discuss the challenges and choices facing the international education sector. A draft agenda can read here.

TDA has been invited to send up to 10 representatives and has a number of places still open to member institutes. Contact Peter Holden, TDA, for more information.

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Nominate for the Queensland Training Awards

Nominations for the Queensland Training Awards 2011 are now open. This year, the awards will celebrate 50 years of recognising individuals and organisations who strive for success, best practice and innovation in training.

Categories cover all areas of the training and vocational education sector, including student, employer and organisation awards.  There are also two new awards in 2011, the VET Teacher and Trainers, and an Industry Collaboration award.

Queensland training providers may be eligible for the Small or Large Training Provider of the Year award, as well as the Industry Collaboration award.

Nominations close on Friday, 18 March 2011. For more information, including a full list of award categories, please visit the Queensland Training Awards website.

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Opportunity to exhibit at international educators conference

The global association for international educators, NAFSA, is looking for an Australian organisation, institution or service provider to exhibit at its 2011 conference.

The conference will be held in Vancouver, Canada, from 30 May to 4 June.

Details of this opportunity are available here.

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Marketing opportunities in Chile

In line with the recent commencement of the BECAS Chile student scholarships, under which Chilean students can study in Australian institutions, there are two important promotional events in Santiago during April.  

The Chilean International Education Agents are holding an Expo from 1-2 April and further details can be read here.

A week later, the Chilean Government’s Becas Chile Scholarship Program will hold its International Education Fair Feria Internacional Becas Chile from 9–10 April. This will be the only official promotional event for Becas Chile during this calendar year, although it is expected the Chilean Government will support other international education events throughout the year. 

Registrations close on Tuesday 15 February (Chile time) and must be completed online. For further details about this event please see the exhibition invitation or contact Ricardo Contreras on (+56 2) 410 6916.

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Peak international education body launches 2011 professional development program

The International Education Association of Australia (IEAA) has launched its professional development program for 2011.

It includes more than 25 workshops covering mobility, marketing, alumni and transnational business partnerships.

The full program can be read here.

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New data on school-age participation in education and training

More than 1.1 million or 76% of 15 to 19 year olds attended school, vocational education and training (VET) or university in August 2009, according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Of the 1.1 million 15 to 19 year old students enrolled in education and training:

  • 51% attended school
  • 12% undertook higher education
  • 6% studied at a VET provider, studying a vocational course other than an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • 5% undertook a trade apprenticeship or traineeship
  • 2% undertook a non-trade apprenticeship or traineeship.

For more information click here

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American students concerned about financing their education

More than two-thirds of American college freshmen are worried about being able to finance their education according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics in the U.S.

The report finds that full time students enrolled at two-year public institutes had the lowest average price of attendance ($12,600), compared with four-year institutes which averaged $18,900, for-profit institutes which averaged $28,600, and private non-profit institutes which averaged ($35,500).

View the report here.

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Latest newsletter from peak institutional research body

The Australasian Association for Institutional Research has distributed the February issue of its monthly newsletter. It includes a comprehensive list of upcoming events in the industry.

To view the newsletter click here.

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Diary Dates

TAFE Governance and Regulations Forum
DATE: 28 February – 1 March, 2011
LOCATION: Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne 
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TAFE Governance and Regulations Forum
DATE: 27-28 April, 2011
LOCATION: Rutherford House, Wellington
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Gaining the Edge – Outcomes, Equity and Innovation
DATE: 3-4 May, 2011
LOCATION: Hilton on the Park, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 Queensland VET Symposium
DATE: 12-13 May, 2011
LOCATION: Hilton, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for more information

No Frills
DATE: 13-15 July, 2011
LOCATION: North Coast TAFE, Coffs Harbour
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Nominations closing date
DATE: 25 March, 2011
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Interconnected Tertiary Education - Stronger pathways across Higher Education & VET for increased participation
DATE: 30-31 March, 2011|
LOCATION: Mercure, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

The 9th Annual Higher Education Summit
DATE: 27-29 April, 2011
LOCATION:Sofitel, Brisbane  
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Research in VET: Janus – Reflecting Back, Projecting Forward
DATE: 28-29 April, 2011
LOCATION: Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 National VET Conference
DATE: 4-5 August, 2011
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 National Conference
DATE: 17 August, 2011
LOCATION:Four Season’s Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information

2011 Conference
DATE: 11-14 October, 2011
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information

Looking ahead - Group Training National Conference
DATE: 19-21 October, 2011
LOCATION: Grand Hyatt, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

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