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Newsletter | 9 March 2015

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Senate committee critical of investment in non-TAFE providers

A Senate committee has expressed concern about the rapid increase in government funding to non-TAFE providers and the explosion in VET FEE-HELP.

The Senate Education and Employment References Committee last week released its interim report into the operation of the VET system.

The report is critical of the level of government funding to non-TAFE providers since the implementation of the market-driven funding model for VET.

“Specifically, the committee notes that government payments to non-TAFE providers for VET delivery was $523.4 million in 2008, compared to $1362.8 million in 2013,” the report says.

“In taking into consideration this increased volume in a deregulated fee environment market, the committee is particularly interested in exploring through this inquiry the economic and social costs and benefits associated with for-profit diploma and advanced diploma qualifications.”

The committee’s second interim report is due by June.

See the committee’s interim report.

Federal government outlines $44 million training initiative

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, has announced details of the new $44 million youth stream pilot programs, aimed at addressing youth unemployment.

The Training for Employment Scholarships and Youth Employment Pathways will be trialled across all states, with 21 regions selected for the Youth Employment Pathways and 11 for the Training for Employment for Scholarships.

The Training for Employment Scholarships will provide up to 7,500 scholarships of up to $7500 for youths aged 18-24, available to micro, small and medium businesses who hire an unemployed person for 12 months to support the costs of training.

The Youth Employment Pathways program will provide assistance to 3,000 youth who are not in work, training or school. Eligible community service organisations can receive funding of up to $2,000 to support 15 to 18 year olds, to get back into school, start VET or move into the workforce.

See the list of the regions selected.

See more.

HTN announces premium culinary apprenticeship program

TAFE NSW and William Angliss Institute will be part of a new culinary apprenticeship program, launched in Sydney last week by specialist hospitality group training organisation, HTN.

Total Chef Aspire is one of three new streams of culinary apprenticeships developed by HTN.

It entails an intensive eight-week program of culinary training, combining face-to-face learning with on-the-job work placement. At the end of the program, graduates will be offered apprenticeships in some of Australia’s best kitchens. 

HTN CEO Michael Bennett says the program is aimed at attracting new and aspiring chefs and placing a priority on expertise across a broad range of skills, not just on competency.

Leading chefs, including Nino Zoccali from The Restaurant Pendolino and Colin Barker from The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay are supporting the program.

It will involve masterclasses and workshops from leading chefs, hundreds of training videos and a Skills Board that will allow participants to showcase their skills.

See more.

TAFE NSW - Christine Manwarring, South Western Sydney Institute; Deborah Hyam, Sydney Institute; and Andrea Poletti and Elizabeth Smith from Northern Sydney Institute.

Michael Bennett, CEO of HTN; Marie Larkings, Hunter TAFE; Deidre Stein, NSW Manager, William Angliss; and Anne Cazar, TAFE Sydney Institute.

David Collins, GM, State Training Services, NSW Department of Education & Communities; Melinda Larkin, GM, Service Skills NSW; Nino Zoccali from The Restaurant Pendolino and Colin Barker from The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay.

Nino Zoccali with apprentices at The Restaurant Pendolino, Sydney.

New scholarships encourage women into trades

The West Australian government has launched a new $1.2 million scholarship program to encourage women in non-traditional industries and trades.

Up to 100 scholarships per year to the value of $3,000 each will be made available to boost the number of women in areas with low female participation.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said they would be open to women over the age of 18 who have left school and who undertake training at Certificate III level or above in specified qualifications.

Eligible women undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship will receive $1,000, with $2,000 provided to employers to assist with training costs.

The scholarship program opens on March 16 and closes May 15, 2015.

See more.

Central and Edith Cowan universities establish engineering agreement

Western Australia’s Central and Edith Cowan University (ECU) have established an MOU which enables students to complete the first year of their engineering degree at Central.

Students complete the foundation year at WA’s largest VET Institute before proceeding directly to year two of the Bachelor of Engineering at university.

Signing the MOU: Dr Peter Ebell, Central; Professor Ken Greenwood, ECU; Professor Arshad Omari, ECU; Professor Daryoush Habibi, ECU, and Neil Fernandes, Central.

New era for student mobility programs

The federal Department of Education and Training has consolidated its student mobility programs under a new framework, known as the Endeavour Mobility Grants.

The grants support VET, undergraduate and masters students to study abroad.

The new structure incorporates a number of existing programs, including the Vocational Education and Training Outbound Program.

Applications are planned to open in April.

See more.

Diary Dates

Engineering Excellence Project Information Sessions
Australian Industry Group

DATE: February & March 2015
LOCATION: Various locations around Australia
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Australian Workplace Practitioners’ Network
Foundation Skills at Work

DATE: 18-20 March 2015
LOCATION: Melbourne, Victoria
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

WAVE National Conference
Leaders, teachers, learners, leavers: Women in the Australian VET market

DATE: 8 April 2015
LOCATION: Melbourne, Victoria
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

18th Annual Conference

DATE: 8-10 April 2015
LOCATION: The Rendezvous Grand, Melbourne
DETAILS: More information.

Group Training Association of NSW & ACT
The future of work: Rethinking employment, training and skills in NSW and ACT

DATE: 7 May 2015
LOCATION: Amora Hotel, Sydney
DETAILS: More information.

National Congress & Expo

DATE: 2 & 3 June 2015
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Western Sydney Careers Expo
DATE: 18-21 June 2015
LOCATION: Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

‘No Frills’ conference

DATE: 6-8 July 2015
LOCATION: University of Western Sydney
DETAILS: More information.

Victorian TAFE Association
2015 State Conference - Leading Transformational Change

DATE: 16-17 July 2015
LOCATION: RACV Club, Melbourne
DETAILS: More information coming soon.

VET Development Centre
Teaching and Learning Conference

DATE: 3-4 September 2015
LOCATION: RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
DETAILS: More information.

National VET Conference
Velg Training

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