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Solutions to Critical Issues: Energy & Technical Training

April 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm

The National Manufacturing Summit is a must event for those with a critical interest in manufacturing, energy issues and in technical training.  The economic evidence is growing that Australia's manufacturing sector is poised for a turnaround.  However, industry participants continue to mention two crucial constraints which are holding back that ...

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TDA recommends changes to higher education support bill

March 6, 2018 at 9:15 am

With legislation introducing an improved rate of repayment of student loan debt, TDA has called for current loan fees for FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans to be abolished. The legislation sets a new lower income threshold of $44,999 for repayment of all student debt. TDA states in its submission to the ...

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Call for Articles for Next Edition of AVETRA’s ‘Research Today’

February 27, 2018 at 10:18 am

March 2018 AVETRA is seeking contributions to its 'Research Today' magazine. Articles can be of two to three A4 pages in length and discuss what the study set out to do, the rationale, the methods used to collect and or analyse information, and the key findings.  Accepted articles for this edition will ...

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Financial Review article warns of skills shortage if VET funding is not addressed

January 19, 2018 at 6:12 am

15 January 2018 An article in Saturday’s Financial Review warned that skills shortages may result if the slide in government funding for VET since 2012 is not addressed. The story points to recent reports that show the decline in funding to VET at a time when funds for higher education and schools ...

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Festive Season message from TDA CEO Craig Robertson

January 19, 2018 at 6:11 am

18 December 2017 This will be the last TDA newsletter for 2017. On behalf of everyone at TDA, I want to wish you all the best for the festive season, urge you all to take a much needed break, and for those travelling, have safe journeys. I want to especially thank all the ...

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Inquiries proceed into TAFE SA after enrolments suspended

January 19, 2018 at 6:10 am

11 December 2017 Following the decision by the VET regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), to temporarily suspend new enrolments by TAFE SA in ten qualifications, the South Australian government has appointed management consulting firm, Nous Group to undertake a wide-ranging review. The review includes analysis of the nature of skills ...

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Tertiary students at risk of becoming the “educated poor”, says leading VET figure

January 19, 2018 at 6:09 am

4 December 2017 Australia’s tertiary education system is failing to meet the nation's needs, and is in danger of churning out graduates who will become the “educated poor”, according to the recipient of one of the country’s top training awards. Bruce Mackenzie, a former CEO of Holmesglen and former TDA chair (2010-11), ...

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TAFE excellence on show at national training awards

January 19, 2018 at 6:08 am

27 November 2017 TAFE institutes, teachers, students and industry partners have featured prominently among the winners at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra last week. The Gordon Institute of TAFE was named Large Training Provider of the Year, with the judges citing its role in Geelong’s transition from heavy manufacturing to a more diverse economy ...

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Renewal of VET qualifications – by TDA Chief Executive Craig Robertson

January 19, 2018 at 6:05 am

20 November 2017 TDA has advocated for some time for a fundamental examination of qualifications in the sector. The COAG Council for Industry and Skills has undertaken to examine the case for change to training products (training package qualifications and accredited courses) to ensure vocational education and training remains contemporary for ...

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Australia and Pakistan extend their partnership on skills trainin

January 19, 2018 at 6:00 am

13 November 2017 Australia is playing a key role in assisting Pakistan to enhance its capacity in technical and vocational education and training (TVET), with high-level meetings over recent weeks. A delegation from Queensland University of Technology is visiting Islamabad to provide training for Pakistani TVET professionals, following a recent three-week course ...

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