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Newsletter | 8 August 2016

In this edition


Report finds "islands of excellence" in struggling apprenticeship system

Australia’s national apprenticeship model is "surviving", rather than flourishing, and its future is far from certain, according to a research paper from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The report, Beyond mentoring: social support structures for young Australian carpentry apprentices, examines critical factors in supporting apprentices and improving their completion rates.

It is based around eight case studies of construction firms and group training organisations (GTOs) with apprentice completion rates in excess of 90% - what the paper describes as "islands of excellence in a sea of mediocrity".

It was prepared by John Buchanan, Catherine Raffaele, Nick Glozier and Aran Kanagaratnam from the University of Sydney.

The researchers say that while the key elements of an effective apprenticeship system exist,"the current trajectory of policy is weakening, not strengthening, this legacy."

"Key recent negative initiatives include giving low-quality private training providers access to public funds to ‘compete’ with TAFE; closure of industry advisory boards, which gave voice to employee as well as business representatives; and further erosion of the remaining modest public funding given to GTOs," the paper says.

Training providers warned against recycling junk qualifications

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has warned registered training organisations (RTOs) against re-issuing qualifications that were obtained from training providers who have been banned.

ASQA says it has become aware of students approaching RTOs to have their qualifications from a cancelled RTO issued in the name of the new RTO.

It has warned that while RTOs are required to provide credit to students for training by another RTO, they are under no obligation to issue certificates based entirely on that training.

Work starts on $12m TAFE oil and gas training facility

The first ceremonial sod of soil has been turned on the $12 million second stage of South Metropolitan TAFE's internationally recognised oil and gas training facility in Western Australia.

WA's Deputy Premier and Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said South Metropolitan TAFE's Australian Centre for Energy Process Training (ACEPT) facility had forged an enviable international reputation.

"ACEPT is regarded as Australia's leading provider of process operations training for the Australian oil and gas, mineral and chemical processing industries," Ms Harvey said.

The latest  stage will provide state-of-the-art facilities for mechanical, electrical, structural and civil engineering, as well as an enhanced training capability in the process operations sector.

Training Minister Liza Harvey and MLC Nick Goiran, pictured, turned the sod last week.

Western Sydney Institute ambassador Rob Shehadie delights school students

TAFE NSW's Western Sydney Institute has ramped up its novel campaign with acclaimed actor and WSI ambassador Rob Shehadie on his latest tour of western Sydney high schools.

The star of Here Come the Habibs and Fat Pizza has met more than 3,000 school students in the last month at four schools.

Rob is actively debunking the myth that university should be the first choice for all school leavers and is promoting the great career options available from TAFE.

Feedback from school students and staff has been extremely positive. Rob will be attending more schools in western and south western Sydney over the next few months.

The campaign featured in this local news story.

Invitation for feedback from PwC’s Skills for Australia

The Education Industry Reference Committee has worked with PwC's Skills for Australia to develop a four year activity and Training Product Review plan, and feedback is now being sought.

PwC’s Skills for Australia’s role is to work with the Education Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to revise qualifications and training programs, with the aim of better matching what people learn with the skills needs of industries and businesses.

The Education IRC is responsible for revising content in the Training and Education Training Package (TAE) and the Foundation Skills Training Package (FSK). The review is being conducted through two types of projects:

  • Training product development projects involve the review of unit of competency content.
  • Additional activities are completed where the Education Industry Reference Committee has identified a training need, but there is not yet enough information to know how to best change training content to meet that need. These projects involve research and consultation. These projects need to be approved by the Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) before work can start.

If you would like to view the status of the proposed projects and provide feedback via a feedback form please follow this link or click below.

Please note that you will need to complete your feedback before 5pm AEST on the 12th of August.

If you have any questions or comments, please call the Skills for Australia hotline on 1800 714 819 or email info@skillsforaustralia.com.

Finalists announced in WA training awards

Western Australia has announced the 29 individual finalists that will vie for the state's top honours at the WA Training Awards.

The announcement of the finalists in the individual categories follows the semi-finalist judging in July,

The 29 finalists have been selected from more than 100 applications.

Winners will be announced at a presentation dinner on September 23 and will receive $5,000 in cash or prizes.

Winners may also be eligible to compete in the Australian Training Awards in Darwin in November.

See the finalists.

Final days to register for LH Martin innovation study mission to Europe

A reminder that registration for the LH Martin Institute Innovation Eco-systems Study Mission to Italy and the Netherlands (21 - 30 September 2016) closes in one week on 15 August.

The program focuses on European countries, cities and regions that are developing innovation eco-systems - places where public-private partnerships, enterprises, government, and tertiary institutions collaborate to foster innovation and entrepreneurial commercial activity.

See more.

Diary Dates

Victorian TAFE Association State Conference
18 - 19 August, 2016
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NSW TAFE Managers Association
26 August, 2016
Taronga Zoo, Sydney
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National Skills Week 2016
29 August – 4 September, 2016
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VET Development Centre Teaching & Learning Conference
1 - 2 September, 2016
RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
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NSW Training Awards
8 September, 2016
Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour
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National VET Conference 
Velg Training
14 – 16 September, 2016
Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
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LH Martin Institute
Innovation Eco-systems: Study Mission to Italy and the Netherlands
21 - 30 September 2016
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TDA 2016 Convention – Skills Resurgence
4 - 6 October, 2016
Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne, Victoria
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Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Conference
4-7 October, 2016
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart  
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2016 WorldSkills Australia National Competition
6 - 8 October, 2016
Melbourne Showgrounds
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Royal Australian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA) Conference  
12-15 October, 2016
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
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Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA) Conference
9 - 12 October, 2016
Pullman Hotel Auckland, New Zealand
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ACER National Adult Training and Assessment Conference
13 - 14 October, 2016
William Angliss Institute, Melbourne
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Innovation: What's Next For Community Education?
Community Colleges Australia Annual Conference
18 - 20 October, 2016
Park Royal, Darling Harbour, Sydney
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Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)
18 - 21 October, 2016
Melbourne, Victoria
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Australian Training Awards
17 November, 2016
Darwin, Northern Territory
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2016 National Conference on VET Teaching and VET Teacher Education
Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group 
8 - 9 December, 2016
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