Having trouble viewing this email? Click here to view online.

Newsletter | 7 September 2015

<See previous Newsletters

In this edition  


New advisory group to review employer apprentice incentives

The federal government has embarked upon a shake up of the $435 million apprenticeship incentives program and is exploring new models of apprenticeship delivery.

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham announced an advisory group to provide options for better targeting apprentice funding to some 80,000 employers.

“My hope is that this advisory group will consider the best ways that incentive programs can be redesigned to best support employers and industry to take on additional apprenticeship commencements and to support them through to completion,” the minister said.

The advisory group will also be looking at ways of improving pre-apprenticeships and alternative models for the structure and delivery of apprenticeships.

See the Minister’s speech.

NCVER has published updated data, showing further steep declines in apprenticeship commencements - see below

TDA national conference to attract key Chinese delegation

One of the most senior Chinese educational delegations to visit Australia will arrive next week to discuss closer regional ties, as part of the TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) national conference commencing in Hobart.

The 30-strong delegation of vocational education and training officials from Eastern China will participate in a Sino–Australian VET Forum that will run parallel to the main conference program.

The conference, Inspire, will kick off Wednesday 9th September at Hobart’s Grand Chancellor hotel and run till Friday 11th.

Speakers include:

  • Senator Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training
  • Sharon Bird, Shadow Minister for Vocational Education
  • Professor Ian Chubb AC, Chief Scientist
  • John Daley, Chief Executive Officer, Grattan Institute
  • Kate Carnell Chief Executive Officer, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Professor David Walker, BHP Billiton Chair of Australian Studies, Peking University
  • Peter Noonan, Professorial Fellow, Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy
  • Bruce Mackenzie, Lead Reviewer, Victorian Education and Funding Review
  • Journalists John Ross (The Australian) and Laura Tingle (Financial Review)

The event will also feature a welcome reception at the iconic Museum of the Old and the New Art (MONA), a conference dinner with sparkling Tasmanian wine and food and a reception at historic Government House hosted by the Governor, Professor Kate Warner.

It’s not too late to attend!

See the full conference program.

Register here.

Latest data shows training numbers decline

The number of apprentices and trainees in-training at March 2015 totalled 319 700, a decrease of 16.4% from the previous year, according to NCVER.

Over the course of the year to March, commencements decreased by 19.8%, to 190,200, completions decreased by 19.4%, to 148,200 and cancellations and withdrawals decreased by 4.2%, to 112,600.

Pharmacy guild blasts private training quality

The Pharmacy Guild of Australia has given evidence to a Senate committee of fraudulent behaviour by private training firms that it says poses a public safety risk.

Sue Bond, head of the Guild Pharmacy Academy told the Senate Education and Employment References Committee inquiry into the VET system that a pharmacy assistant Certificate III typically takes between 24 and 26 months, but that some RTOs were turning out graduates in a month.

“I think the public has a right to expect that pharmacy assistants and dispensary assistants have a certain level of training and a certain level of expertise,” Ms Bond said.

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham said the hearings highlighted the importance of the government’s reforms to the VET sector and the former government’s inaction which has cost students, employers, and taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

TAFEs invited to join trade minister on Indonesian business forum

TAFEs are invited to join Trade & Investment Minister Andrew Robb on a mission from 17-20 November to Indonesia Australia Business Week (IABW).

A major theme will be transnational skills across multiple industry streams. IABW sector streams reflect qualified Indonesian interest in vocational training, especially from Certificate II to V.

The mission will capitalise on the identification of 12 sectors into which Australian partners, course content and assessment 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.

Participants can benefit both from the mission’s education program and take part in one or more of the following industry streams:

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

See here to register.

Diary Dates

TDA National Conference
DATE: 9-11 September 2015
LOCATION: Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart
DETAILS: More information.

National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 17-18 September 2015
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: More information.

NESA National Conference
The Spirit of Collaboration

DATE: 27-29 September 2015
LOCATION: The Marriott Resort Surfers Paradise
DETAILS: More information.

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

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

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

Corporate Affiliates