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Newsletter | 9 December 2013

In this edition

TDA makes recommendations on regulatory reform

The regulatory frameworks and procedures of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) should be more aligned to reduce the regulatory burden for all providers, according to TDA.

In broad terms TDA welcomes TESQA’s proposals to streamline its regulatory processes and to ease the administrative impost on higher education providers. TDA however offers a range of comments, especially that :

 “TAFE Institutes are highly governed organisations accountable to state governments and should be recongised as low risk, high quality providers as a result,”

See TDA’s response to the TEQSA’s review of Regulatory Processes and the Risk Framework.

Memorandum of Understating with the Mixed Economy Group of Colleges

Dianne Murray, TAFE Directors Australia’s Deputy Chair and CEO of TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Mixed Economy Group (MEG) of colleges in England.

The MOU will invite closer cooperation between MEG and TDA as part of TDA’s strategic plan to strengthen links between Australian TAFE institutes and their international counterparts.

MEG is a member body representing 41 Further Education (FE) Colleges with well established higher education programs and averaging over 500 higher education students. Closer links were forged with MEG and a number of colleges delivering higher education qualifications from the US, UK and Hong Kong at an international symposium held by TDA earlier this year.

Dianne Murray and John Widdowson, Chair of MEG signed the Agreement at the Association of Colleges conference in Birmingham on 20 November.

Training outcomes remain strong

Employment outcomes for vocational education and training (VET) graduates have remained steady over the past year with 78.2% employed after training, despite declines in manufacturing employment and tighter economic conditions.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Student Outcomes 2013 report shows that satisfaction with training remains high, with 87% of all VET graduates satisfied with the overall quality of their training. It also shows:

  • VET graduates in full-time work earn $56 700 on average per year;
  • 80.7% of graduates thought their training was relevant to their current job;
  • 60.6% improved their employment status after training;
  • 32.9% were employed in the same occupation as their training course;
  • 34.4% were employed in a different occupation, but found the training relevant to their current job.

See here for more information.

International agents plan increased recruitment for Australia

The recent release of the i-graduate ICEF Agents’ Barometer 2013 indicates positive signs for the recruitment of international students for study in Australia.

Some 71% of 590 respondents expected to place more students in Australia in 2014.

There was a 14% increase in agents placing students in Australian VET and further education courses between 2012 and 2013.

This is a positive outlook for VET, if the national branding and structural issues such as visas, work based learning, and practical regulation of the industry can be aligned.

See the i-graduate ICEF Agents’ Barometer 2013

Standing Council communiqué

The Standing Council on School Education and Early Childhood (SCSEEC) has released its Communiqué following its most recent meeting in Sydney on 29 November.

It deals with issues including the Australian Curriculum, participation in international tests, and the National Quality Framework.

See the Communiqué.

Nominations for service industry awards closing

Nominations close soon for the Service Skills Australia 2014 Excellence Awards.

The awards recognise the outstanding contribution made by individuals and organisations in the training and development of the service industries.

There are two categories—the Trainer Excellence Award and the Industry Collaboration/Partnership Award. Nominations close 20 December.

See here for more information.

New issue of Chinese vocational journal

The latest issue of the Journal of Vocational and Technical Education in China was published recently.

Its cover topic is about the practice of a secondary vocational school in China. All the contents of the journal can be downloaded here.

The editor, Li Yujing, has also invited TDA members to provide their comment and contributions.

Contact the editor via email.

Eight million Australians in training

Around eight million people, or just under half of Australia's working age population, undertook some type of training or study in the last 12 months according to a new survey from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Approximately 3.7 million people participated in formal study, while 1.4 million undertook non-formal study for personal interest, and around 4.6 million undertook non-formal work-related training.

By industry, just over half of those working in education, public administration, mining and health care had undertaken training, while for people employed in the agriculture, forestry and fishing industry it was around one in six.

In businesses with over 100 employees, nearly half of workers had undertaken training, while for businesses with under 20 employees, one in five participated in training.

See more.

Early bird registrations for VET Congress closing soon

Early bird registration for the EduTECH VET Leaders Congress closes 20 December.

The Congress takes place in Brisbane 3-4 June with a masterclass on 5 June.

International keynote speakers Sir Ken Robinson, Jane Bozarth, Dr Mark Keough and Susan Hartigan are some of the big names that will present.

See all the speakers.

Register here.

Diary Dates

VET Development Centre – The VET BLOG
For relevant news and articles about the VET sector
DETAILS: Click here.

Members Lunch Box Webinar
The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service

DATE: 20 January 2014
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Universities Australia
Higher Education Conference: Stirred not shaken

DATE: 26-28 February 2014
LOCATION: National Convention Centre, Canberra
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Engage, Empower, Excel – Connecting skills and workforce
Service Skills Australia 2014 Conference

DATE: 3-4 March 2014
LOCATION: Sheraton on the Park, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

Future Schools

DATE: 12-14 March 2014
LOCATION: Australian Technology Park, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

NCVER Research Forum
Realising our potential: widening participation through education and training

DATE: 3 April 2014
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

AVETRA 17th Annual Conference
Informing Changes in VET Policy and Practice: The Central Role of Research

DATE: 22-24 April 2014
LOCATION: Outrigger, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for further information.

VET Summit
Velg Training

DATE: 29 April 2014 – Brisbane, 5 May 2014 – Melbourne, 12 May 2014 – Sydney
LOCATION: Outrigger, Surfers Paradise, Queensland
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

National Congress and Expo

DATE: 3-5 June 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for information.

'No Frills' - 23rd National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference
DATE: 9-11 July 2014
LOCATION: Holmesglen, Moorabbin Campus, Melbourne, Victoria
DETAILS: Coming soon.

National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 11-12 September 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Group Training Australia
2014 National Conference

DATE: 12-14 November 2014
LOCATION: Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart
DETAILS: Coming soon.