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Newsletter | 8 October 2012    
 

In this edition

  • Government funding for private providers tripled, at TAFE’s expense
  • VET leaders address workforce development conference
  • Hundreds attend International Education conference
  • Winner of the National AUSTAFE Educational Leadership Award for 2012
     
  • TDA presents at AUSTAFE National Conference
  • Learn about VET development over lunch
  • Government to deliver VET reforms in NT
  • TAFE SA to become statutory authority
  • Boost your online learning with proven strategies
  • ASQA cuts two Victorian RTOs
     
  • Diary Dates
 

Attend the Strategic Regional Leadership conference

TDA has been offered four delegate passes to the Strategic Regional Leadership Conference, to give to TAFE members interested in attending the conference in Port Macquarie on October 26.

If you’re interested in attending, please contact pcaven@tda.edu.au before Wednesday, 10 October.

Visit the conference website for more details.

 


Government funding for private providers tripled, at TAFE’s expense

State governments have almost tripled their funding to the private training sector since 2007, rendering TAFEs the minority providers.

According to a new study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), government funding of TAFEs jumped from $140 million in 2007, to $1.1 billion last year. The Victorian government has almost quadrupled its funding to non-TAFE providers.

Associate Professor at the LH Martin Institute, Leesa Wheelahan, said the vocational training landscape had shifted, with TAFE's share of publicly-funded students declining from more than 72 per cent in 2009 to under 60 per cent last year.

The study did not take in to the account this year’s funding cuts to TAFE in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.

Click here to read the full story.


VET leaders address workforce development conference

The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency (AWPA), formerly Skills Australia, held its annual conference, last week, with presentations by leading figures in vocational education and training (VET), including the Federal Tertiary Education and Skills Minister, Senator the Hon Chris Evans.

Senator Evans spoke of the changing pace of the VET sector, and the need to drive quality skills and increase investment in education.

Professor Lynda Gratton from the UK, furthered the Minister’s message, by calling for a new workforce model to capture a new, tech-savvy generation.

Click here to read more.


Hundreds attend International Education conference

Hundreds of local and international delegates attended the Australian International Education Conference in Melbourne, last week.

TDA’s Director of International Engagement and Business Development, Peter Holden, presented at the conference.

The Victorian Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Louise Asher, expressed the hope that the conference, Asia in the 21st century, would restore Victoria’s reputation as a leading location for international students

Click here for more information.


Winner of the National AUSTAFE Educational Leadership Award for 2012

Institute Director of Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE and member of TDA Board, Ms Kaylene Harth, is the winner of the National AUSTAFE Educational Leadership Award for 2012, recognising outstanding educational leadership in the TAFE sector of vocational education and training.

The bestowing of this award to Kaylene recognises her personal commitment and leadership in successfully shaping, and building excellence in education and training in the TAFE sector locally, nationally and internationally.

The award was presented by the outgoing national AUSTAFE President, Mr Lyle Mellors, at the highly successful 2012 National AUSTAFE conference recently held at Alice Springs.


TDA presents at AUSTAFE National Conference

TDA’s Director Policy & Stakeholder Engagement, Pam Caven, gave a keynote presentation at the AUSTAFE National Conference in Alice Springs, last week.

The presentation, ‘TAFE in the current political climate,’ examined how various states and territories are introducing market design into their funding of VET, and the consequences for the public provider.

Click here to view a copy of her presentation.


Learn about VET development over lunch

The VET Development Centre is hosting a series of VET Leaders Luncheons to discuss emerging trends and issues in tertiary education.

The CEO of the Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, Robin Shreeve, will feature as the guest speaker at the inaugural lunch in Sydney on 2 November.

Robin will discuss the Agency’s work on future scenarios for the Australian workforce and how these might impact on the VET sector and on providers.

Click here for more details.


Government to deliver VET reforms in NT

A new partnership between the Federal and Northern Territory Governments will introduce a new reform package in the state, including further subsidised training places and of interest-free loans.

Federal Minister for Tertiary Education and Skills, Senator the Hon Chris Evans, has approved the first Implementation Plan for a state or territory under the National Partnership Agreement on Skills Reform.

This is part of a national $1.75 billion reform package for the VET sector, with the centerpiece being a national training entitlement.

Click here for more information.


TAFE SA to become statutory authority

TAFE South Australia (TAFE SA) is set to become a statutory authority on November 1, as part of the state’s Skills for All reforms.

South Australia’s Higher Education and Skills Minister, Tom Kenyon, says the change will separate the roles of TAFE SA as the provider of training, and the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST).

“This separation allows the department to focus on driving the Skills for All reforms and make independent decisions regarding the availability of funding for training, a crucial element of this increasingly competitive sector,” said Mr Kenyon.

Click here to read the Minister’s media release.


Boost your online learning with proven strategies

Education manager at the Engineering Institute of Technology in WA, Ric Harrison, is welcoming responses to his joint presentation with Steve Mackay, at the TDA Conference in September.

The presentation offered insight in to the institute’s unique e-learning techniques, and the success its received in the local and international arena.

The two speakers were delighted by the number of people who approached them after their session, but were unfortunately unable to see everyone, and welcome any queries or correspondence sought by TAFE members.

“We are currently working with TAFEs and would welcome the opportunity to work with any TAFE Institute who is interested in our model for online delivery.

“This applies in particular to delivery of diploma level qualifications and above in the technical and engineering subject areas.  We do travel fairly frequently around the country so if any Institute’s senior staff would like to catch up on a future trip we would be happy to make arrangements to meet.”

You can contact them directly by phone on 1300 138 522, or email, ric.harrison@eit.edu.au.


ASQA cuts two Victorian RTOs

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has rejected applications from operators of the Ashmark Institute and the Victorian Institute of Culinary Hospitality to renew their registrations as training providers, saying they are “critically non-compliant” with standards.

The Victorian Institute of Culinary Hospitality was operated by G Plus G Global Trading Pty Ltd and had about 400 students, almost all international. The Ashmark Institute, operated by the Ashmark Group Pty Ltd, had more than 900 students, also largely international.

Click here to read the full story.


Diary Dates

THE VETnetwork AUSTRALIA BIENNIAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE
DATE: 17-19 October 2012
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for more information

EYEQ2012: VET IDEAS WORTH SHARING
DATE: 19 October 2012
LOCATION: Southbank Institute of Technology, Brisbane
DETAILS: Click here for more information

AQF 5 AND 6 CONFERENCE
DATE: 25-26 October, 2012
LOCATION: RMIT University, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

CEET CONFERENCE
DATE: 26 October
LOCATION: Monash Conference Centre, 30 Collins Street, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information

TOEFL PREP WORKSHOPS
DATE: 27 October / 8 November
LOCATION: Curtin University, Perth / University of Adelaide
DETAILS: Learn about ETS TOEFL online and hard-copy test prep materials. Contact kcook@etsglobal.org for more information.

VET DEVELOPMENT CENTRE – VET LEADERS LUNCH
DATE: 2 November
LOCATION: Sheraton on the Park, 161 Elizabeth St Sydney, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

TAFE NSW INNOVATION & EXCELLENCE SHOWCASE
DATE: 8 November
LOCATION: Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS:  Click here for more details.

2012 AAIR ANNUAL FORUM
DATE: 12 – 14 November 2012
LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Terrigal, NSW
DETAILS:  Click here for more information

AUSTRALIAN TRAINING AWARDS
DATE: 16 November 2012
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

NCVER RESEARCH FORUM: DOES COMPLETING MATTER? UNDERSTANDING AND MEASURING COMPLETIONS IN VET
DATE: 21 November
LOCATION: Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.


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