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Newsletter | 8 April 2013    

In this edition


Business leaders among sacked TAFE chairs

Despite the Victorian government’s claims that the recent removal of several of the state’s TAFE chairs was due to their inability to lead “a large and complex government business”, successful business owners and entrepreneurs are among those who have been removed from their positions.

Among them is Chisholm Chair, David Willersdorf, and Holmesglen Chair, Jonathan Forster, both of whom run successful businesses with an annual turnover of approximately $400 million each.

Prominent VET consultant and former Chisholm chair, Virginia Simmons, is highly critical of the sackings.

“The Napthine Government's unceremonious sacking of more than half of the 14 TAFE board chairs is an outrage and an insult to all those competent industry leaders and dedicated citizens who have given so unstintingly to the their local TAFE communities over many years and who, in more recent times, have worked to guide the institutes through a period of unprecedented budget cuts,” said Ms Simmons.

A spokesman for Victorian Skills Minister, the Hon Peter Hall, told The Australian that new chairs had already been selected based on, “their qualifications, management experience in the commercial sector, understanding of governance generally and previous experience as a chair.”

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Provide feedback on NSSC paper

The National Skills Standards Council (NSSC) is seeking feedback and comments on its Standards for Vocational Education and Training Accredited Courses consultation paper.

Please provide any feedback or comment by no later than 5pm on Friday, 12 April.

Feedback should be addressed to Luke Behncke, Director, Office of the NSSC, and provided via email, luke.behncke@natese.gov.au, or fax, (03) 6216 0359.

Click here to view the consultation paper.

Call for vocational education expansion in Asia to focus on building partnerships

With the new Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, the Hon Craig Emerson, seeking to further VET involvement in Asia, one consultant is warning that, “to reap the benefits from vocational education exports, Australia needs to prepare the ground.”

Francesca Beddie wrote in The Australian that the push in to Asia should focus less on a new mass market, and more on developing partnerships, up-skilling our workers, and training our teachers.

“We could ratchet up our policy dialogue across the region about qualifications frameworks that embrace a broad notion of competency; development of transnational curriculum and skills recognition; and harnessing technology for quality education,” suggests Beddie.

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AsiaBound scholarship guidelines released

Guidelines for the first round of the AsiaBound scholarship grant program have been released, including details on eligibility, funding, selection criteria and timeframes.

The grants cover student mobility programs from June 2013 to December 2014 and applications can be made through the International Student Exchange Online. The deadline for submissions is 14 May 2013.

AsiaBound provides funding in the form of $2000 or $5000 grants for around 3,600 Australian students each year, to participate in a study experience in Asia. All mobility experiences must contribute towards the student’s course by providing credit or being a mandatory component.

As part of AsiaBound, students are able to undertake short-term mobility for a variety of experiences including semester-based study of one or two semesters, practicums, clinical placements, research trips or volunteer projects for up to six months.

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Schools matter in tertiary admissions

A new report has found that schools matter when considering tertiary entrance rankings and university enrollment.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) report, The impact of schools on young people’s transition to university, found that while individual characteristics remain the main driver of success, schools account for 20% of the variation of Tertiary Entrance Rankings (TER).

The three most important school attributes for TER are sector (Catholic and independent or public school), gender mix (single-sex or co-educational), and the extent to which a school is ‘academic’.

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Further discussion to improve job services

The Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) has announced it is undertaking discussions to improve employment services post-2015.

CICA said it believes a better result could be achieved with less, but better targeted, funding.

Priority should be given to:

  1. Including career development in the DEEWR approved standard, against which employment service providers will be accredited from 2015.
  2. Building the capacity of providers in terms of career development. 
  3. Reviewing the Job Seeker Classification Instrument (JSCI) to ensure that self management skills are part of the instrument.
  4. Extending eligibility for assistance from the career advice telephone helpline that is part of the Experience + initiative for mature-age workers. 
  5. Regular assessment under the CICA career service quality standard.

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Join the Australia-EU relations symposium

TDA members are invited to attend a Jean Monnet National Symposium to discuss the topic Australia-EU Relations – is it time for a reappraisal?

The free event, which is co-hosted by the Monash European and EU Centre and the University of Melbourne School of Social and Political Sciences, will be held on Friday, 26 April, at the Monash University Caulfield campus.

Click here for further details, including a full list of speakers.

Diary Dates

LSAY National Research Forum: Are we there yet? Youth transitions in Australia

DATE: 11 April
LOCATION: Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
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Group Training National Conference 2013 – Group Training Works
Group Training Australia

DATE: 17-19 April, 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane Central
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

TLISC Awards for Excellence
Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council

DATE: 18 April, 2013
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Australia-EU Relations – is it time for a reappraisal?
Jean Monnet National Symposium

DATE: Friday, 26 April, 1-4pm
LOCATION: Monash Caulfield Campus, Lecture Theatre HB40, 900 Dandenong Rd, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Augmented reality for VET
Queensland VET Development Centre

DATE: 29 April-24 May
LOCATION: The Edge, Brisbane State Library
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Foundation Skills Workshop
Queensland VET Development Centre

DATE: 9am-4pm, 1 May
LOCATION: Cliftons, 288 Edward St, Brisbane QLD 4000
DETAILS: Click here for further details.

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

DATE: 9-10 May
LOCATION: Ultimo College, TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

NCVER ‘No Frills’ Conference

DATE: 10-12 July
LOCATION: Sunshine Coast TAFE, Mooloolaba campus
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

TDA Annual Conference 2013
TAFE Directors Australia

DATE: 2-3 September 2013
LOCATION: Sofitel, Brisbane
DETAILS: Watch this space for further details shortly.

Teaching & Learning Conference
VET Development Centre

DATE: 5-6 September
LOCATION: RACV Healesville Country Club
DETAILS: Click here to view the invitation, and here to register

2013 National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 19-20 September, 2013
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Australian International Education Conference

DATE: 8-11 October
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

2013 AUSTAFE National Conference

DATE: 9-11 October
LOCATION: Gold Coast Convention Centre, Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

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