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Asia skills mission strengthens ties

September 4, 2017 at 1:57 am

The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews  has completed a round of engagements, aimed at strengthening educational ties across India, Sri Lanka and Singapore. Coinciding with Australian Business Week in India, Ms Andrews met with India’s Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy (pictured) to ...

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International education providers to be the focus of regulatory scrutiny

August 28, 2017 at 2:00 am

Providers of international education have been put on notice that they will be the target of greater scrutiny under an updated regulatory strategy from the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). ASQA Chief Commissioner Mark Paterson said the agency has seen strong growth in the number of training providers seeking registration on the ...

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ASQA’s new fee schedule open for consultation

August 21, 2017 at 2:01 am

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has released details of new fees and charges that will apply to registered training organisations (RTOs) from January 2018. ASQA is inviting public consultation on the schedule of fees, which are based on cost recovery, as well as a new risk-based framework for regulation of ...

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First report card gives a tick to revamped VET loans scheme

August 14, 2017 at 2:02 am

Public training providers occupied nine of the top ten places for VET student loans under the revamped program that replaced the troubled VET FEE-HELP scheme. The first report, covering the initial six months of the VET Student Loans (VSL) program shows that the completion rate for units of study was 75.2 ...

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Apprentice commencements and completions go backwards

August 7, 2017 at 2:02 am

Commencements of trade apprenticeships suffered a significant drop in 2016, according to the latest statistics from the National Centre for Vocational Education research (NCVER). Total commencements decreased by 2.9% in 2016 to 167,100, but trade commencements suffered a 12.4% fall, while non-trade commencements increased by 5.9%. Completions decreased by 16.1% to 99,000, ...

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TDA signs agreement with Pakistan’s National Vocational and Technical Training Commission

July 31, 2017 at 2:03 am

TDA has entered into an agreement with Pakistan’s National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) to undertake collaborative VET activities, notably in relation to capacity building in Pakistan’s growing TVET system. The parties signed an MoU during a visit to Australia by the Executive Director of NAVTTC, Mr Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema. Pakistan ...

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Sage college collapse shines light on student protection

July 24, 2017 at 2:05 am

Students of the former Sage Institute of Fitness have gone public about confusing advice in the wake of the college's collapse in March. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that, under the Tuition Assurance Scheme managed by ACPET, not all students have been able to find suitable alternative training, and many are ...

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VET workforce given deadline to meet higher standards

July 18, 2017 at 5:30 am

Thousands of VET trainers and assessors will be required to update their qualifications to new, higher standards, under changes announced last Friday. Trainers and assessors who currently hold the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or the Assessor Skill Set will need to obtain new core units of competency by April ...

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TAFE numbers bounce back in latest statistics

July 18, 2017 at 5:27 am

The number of students in government-funding training at TAFE grew by 15% during 2016, while numbers at all other providers declined, according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). Its publication, Government-funded students and courses 2016, shows that there were 1.3 million students enrolled in government-funded VET in 2016, ...

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NSW skills centres to be a focal point for industry and students

May 9, 2017 at 1:39 am

26 April 2017 TAFE NSW announced today a new network of industry relationship centres know as SkillsPoints, which will become a focal point of training delivery. SkillsPoints was launched today at the Queanbeyan campus of TAFE NSW by Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, the Hon John Barilaro, and the Assistant Minister ...

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