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NCVER report reveals lack of scrutiny of VET sector

TDA News    |     10 November 2015

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Data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show the continuing fundamental role of  TAFE, as the public provider network, but also demonstrate a worrying failure in scrutiny by policy makers, according to TAFE Directors Australia.

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The NCVER report Total VET students and courses 2014 reveals the huge growth in the VET sector to 3.9 million students – almost three times VET Reportthe number in the higher education sector.  The data also show:

  • TAFE and private providers deliver roughly the same number of training hours nationally (41% by TAFE and 45% by private providers) but TAFE remains the dominant provider of Commonwealth/state government funded training;
  • TAFE training is the preferred delivery for the trades, engineering and related fields, management and commerce and community and personal services – all areas vital to the economy;
  • The high average number of students in each TAFE institute relative to private providers demonstrates TAFE’s capacity to outstrip private providers in providing quality services for students;
  • TAFE remains the dominant provider of international trans-national VET delivery.

TDA director Martin Riordan says the report also reveals how ill-informed Australian policy makers have remained until now, on the operations of half of Australia’s training market.  Under the open market environment prevailing in the VET sector:

….private, for-profit providers have collectively exploded as an industry, with the data showing they now deliver to two-thirds of the VET student population.

While Parliament voted down the higher education deregulation legislation under former Education and Training Minister Pyne, the Commonwealth proceeded with VET FEE-HELP loans, in a deregulated open market, on an unprecedented scale.

Riordan points out that this occurred even after the federal regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), continually published warnings about the high risks of many private providers and their questionable marketing practices:

This data actually shows that more than half of the federal funding for VET and VET FEE-HELP student loans – totalling $9.1 billion a year – has been allocated to providers without the scrutiny and data disclosures required for other Commonwealth programs.

While TAFE has been held to account by rigorous reporting to respective state and territory governments, and has been transparent in contributing to NCVER’s national data collection, governments and communities have had very little information about the quality, credentials and motives of the majority of training providers, many of whom are for-profit.

Riordan says the ongoing risk raises a number of questions:

  1. What financial disclosures by training providers should be required in order to obtain access to public training funds and student loans?
  2. Why has it taken so long for lobby groups for private, for-profit colleges to come forward and support such information sharing? and
  3. What critical decisions about VET reform have been made by governments without access to the data, and what changes should be made to governance of this massive tertiary education sector?
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Lilydale to re-open

ABC News 19 October 2015

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The former Swinburne TAFE campus at Lilydale, in Melbourne’s outer-east, will reopen next year, three years after it closed due to funding cuts by the former Victorian government.

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The campus was forced to close following $300 million of cuts made to the wider sector by the former Baillieu government, which argued at the time that spending had to be reined in.

A new deal has been reached with Box Hill Institute to reopen the TAFE, which will offer vocational and higher education courses from 2016.

The Andrews Government said the Lilydale Campus would also be home to one of 10 “tech schools”, providing vocational training to high school students alongside their regular studies.

It will also feature a childcare centre, bio security centre and research centre and work in partnership with Deakin University and William Angliss Institute, the Government said.

Skills minister Steve Herbert described the reopened institution as  an exciting new partnership that will transform the way education is delivered in the Yarra Valley.

It brings together schools, TAFEs and Universities to meet the needs of the Yarra Valley community so they can get the skills needed to get the jobs they want.

Norman Gray from the Box Hill Institute said it would be “a successful, vibrant campus”.

We’ve worked out that we can make this campus financially sustainable within two to three years, as we grow the numbers.  We’re looking not just east from here into the Yarra Valley, there’s a whole catchment west as well, within the footprint.

We’re looking not just east from here into the Yarra Valley, there’s a whole catchment west as well, within the footprint.

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Commonwealth takeover of VET would hurt TAFE, federal opposition says

The federal government’s proposal for a Commonwealth takeover of vocational education and training would mean cuts to the TAFE sector, the federal opposition has claimed.

Shadow Minister for Vocational Education Sharon Bird said that “TAFE will be a thing of the past if Malcolm Turnbull’s plan for a Liberal takeover is allowed to happen.”

The Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, presented the federal government’s case for a takeover in his address to the TDA national conference in Hobart earlier this month.

The Victorian and West Australian premiers are working on a proposal for a Commonwealth takeover of VET to be presented to COAG before the end of the year.

However, the Tasmanian Premier, Will Hodgman, has strongly ruled out such a move.

“As the minister said last week and as I say now, we do not support a national takeover of that system,” Mr Hodgman said.


Tasmania to invest in skills for seasonal industries

The Tasmanian government is to spend $1.2 million in a new training program to upskill some 1,300 workers in seasonal industries, including food, tourism and hospitality.

The Skills Fund – Seasonal Industries program provides funding to bodies including registered training organisations (RTOs) to prepare workers and communities for seasonal fluctuations.

The Minister for State Growth, Matthew Groom, said about half of the training will take place in the food production/seasonal agriculture sector, about 35% in hospitality and 17% in tourism.

“This funding demonstrates the Government’s commitment to supporting these vital industries and our regional communities,” he said.


Canberra Institute to deliver technology courses in India

Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is to sign a memorandum of understanding with India as part of a push by the ACT government to promote vocational education on the sub-continent.

The ACT Minister for Education and Training Joy Burch has embarked on a tour of India’s education regions to promote the territory’s capability in vocational training and strengthen education ties.

Ms Burch, along with CIT’s Chief Executive Officer Leanne Cover, will meet with major technology company NeST IT, Indian education ministers and training institutions in the Indian education regions of Kerala and Gujarat over a week to discuss training opportunities.

CIT will sign an MOU to develop training into schools and to the adult population in the areas of spatial information and surveying, and forensic science.

“CIT has a wealth of international experience in delivering training in these specialised areas of technology, and these agreements will help meet the training needs of India’s developing economy and be the beginning of a mutually beneficial international partnership,” Ms Burch said.


Students planning class action against Evocca College

One of the largest private training providers Evocca College, is facing a potential class action from hundreds of former students, according to a report by ABC’s consumer affairs unit.

Solicitor Benjamin Kramer said he is preparing to file documents on behalf of former Evocca College students.

He will allege the company breached consumer law by providing sub-standard courses and using unfair marketing tactics to sign up students.

“I’ve been blown away by how many people have been forthcoming with their own experiences and their own claims of how they’ve felt they’ve been wronged by the school,” he told the ABC.

Evocca College chief executive Craig White said the company was surprised to hear of the potential court action and completely rejects the allegations.

“It is not supported by any demand that has been issued to or received by Evocca,” he told the ABC.

See more.


Book now for Australian Training Awards

The Australian Training Awards presentation dinner will be held at Princes Wharf No. 1, Hobart, Tasmania on Thursday 19 November.

Tickets can be booked by visiting The Event page of the Australian Training Awards website.

Since 1994, the Australian Training Awards have been the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training sector, recognising individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

For more information, visit www.australiantrainingawards.gov.au or phone 02 6240 8155.


TAFE teachers battle out prestigious language, literacy and numeracy award

One of the highlights of the upcoming Australian Training Awards (see article above) will be the ‘Excellence in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Practice Award’ where all the finalists are from TAFE. The finalists are:

Lyn Wilson (NSW) – for over 20 years, Lyn has managed the Sydney TAFE – Petersham College Foundation Studies section, historically one of the largest adult basic education units within TAFE NSW. The section is known for its outstanding links with industry and its successful delivery of foundation skills and pre-employment programs.

Leanne Hanson (Queensland) – a language, literacy and numeracy teacher at TAFE Queensland Gold Coast since 2013.Leanne has taught Skills for Education and Employment to primarily disengaged youth through a uniquely inclusive system of learning that has led to a 300% increase in students completing the program.

Liz Birch (Queensland) – has been a language, literacy and numeracy teacher for over 24 years. In the past 15 years with TAFE Queensland Brisbane, Liz has dedicated her working life to assisting migrants successfully overcome cultural and linguistic barriers to integrate into the workforce. Her successful Work Experience Log Book initiative is now being used as a model resource across TAFE Queensland.


TAFE study tour to Singapore and South Korea

TAFEs are invited to take part in a four-day study tour of Singapore and South Korea that will build links between TAFE and industry.

It follows the inaugural 2015 TAFE Study Tour to Asia, which culminated in the report, ‘Vocational training for the Global Economy’, produced by consultants Dandolo Partners, and released at the TDA national conference.

Due to significant interest, the decision has been taken to conduct a similar, but expanded, study tour in 2016, from April 3 – 4.

TDA has provided its support for the initiative, recognising that it will assist in driving deeper linkages between TAFEs and industry. The tour will again be sponsored by SingTel Optus and Cisco.

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Australia-Pacific Technical College seeking country manager for Papua New Guinea

The Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) is seeking a candidate to fill the role of country manager in Papua New Guinea.

The appointment is for a three year term commencing in December. Applications close Friday, 9 October.

See more information about the position or contact Marian Wilkinson, Executive Director – Training Development via marian.wilkinson@aptc.edu.au or phone +679 702 1650.



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NESA National Conference
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DATE: 27-29 September 2015
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Australian International Education Conference 2015
International education: global, responsible, sustainable

DATE: 6 – 9 October 2015
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Australia India Business Council Queensland Chapter
The Annual Australia India Address 2015-09-18

DATE: 8 October 2015
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Webinar – Practitioner research: why it is useful in VET and how it is used and analysed

DATE: 26 October 2015
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2015 AUSTAFE National Conference
Bringing TAFE and VET to the Nation’s Capital

DATE: 28 – 30 October 2015
LOCATION: Canberra
DETAILS: Contact National President Jerome.DeRose@cit.edu.au

2015 Australian Training Awards
DATE: 19 November 2015
LOCATION: Hobart
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HERDSA (Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia)
The Shape of Higher Education

DATE: 4-7 July 2016
LOCATION: Fremantle
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NCVER news

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Are vocational streams the key to producing a more adaptable workforce?

NCVER1 Vocational streams could offer a framework for creating better connections between qualifications and jobs than the traditional approach based on specific skill sets for narrowly defined occupations.Show more…

NCVER’s research prospectus is full steam ahead

Through the introduction of the new research prospectus, NCVER is investing in a range of applied research issues that governments and key employer and training provider stakeholders identify as being of highest priority to them.

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Recognising the prior learning of adult apprentices: a match made in heaven or a rocky relationship?

Apprenticeships are changing, with more people over the age of 25 now undertaking them, and the amount of recognition of prior learning is also increasing. But are adult apprentices taking advantage of these earlier completion options?

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What factors drive the costs and benefits of apprenticeships and what is the impact of government incentive changes on the apprenticeship system?

A joint research partnership between the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB) in Germany and NCVER is exploring two key issues impacting on the apprenticeship system in both Germany and Australia.

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The outcomes of education and training: what the research is telling us 2011-14

After five years of VET research, what more do we know about the sector?

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Employers’ views of work integrated learning

Work-integrated learning is a means of increasing students’ experience with the world of work, but what does it mean for employers involved?

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Who is delivering foundation skills?

The need for individuals to build and develop their foundation skills is becoming increasingly important with a general move to greater knowledge-based work. A recent NCVER survey looked at the workforce delivering foundation skills training.

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Older workers: opportunities and challenges

As the workforce ages, the challenge for the VET sector, industry and employers will be to acknowledge the skill base that the older worker brings and to invest in this group further.

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Regulating and quality assuring VET: some international developments

What can Australia learn from our overseas counterparts to ensure quality in the Australian VET system?

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Big opportunities from new reporting requirements: National VET Research Conference wrap up

Youth, pathways and skills – hot topics at the 24th National VET Research Conference.

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NCVER data update

Find out more about the latest data releases on apprenticeships and traineeships, government-funded students and courses, the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth, student outcomes, and forthcoming publications.

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A new advocacy group for TAFE established

17 July 2015

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A new voice for the Australian TAFE sector – TAFE Chairs Australia  –  has been established.

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TAFE Chairs Australia is made up of chairpersons (or equivalent) of TAFE from Australian States and Territories. The group comes together with a Warren Tappcharter to raise the profile of VET and TAFE, as well as proactively engage on associated national issues.

Speaking at the Victorian TAFE Association State Conference about reform of TAFE in recent years, Warren Tapp, the inaugural chair of the group,   said:

TAFE Chairs have an obligation to actively promote the important contribution TAFEs across Australia make to the national economy and growing productivity.  There has been significant advancement within the VET sector nationally including new governance arrangements for some TAFEs. These emerging arrangements have given rise to the formation of TAFE Chairs Australia.

He said TAFE Chairs bring a commercial and governance focus from outside government and the VET sector as a key contribution to national discussions about VET and TAFE.

As we all know, TAFE is a key contributor to Australia’s workforce productivity, training more than 1.1 million students each year with 88% of graduates going onto employment or further education and is rated highly by employers:

  • 92% are satisfied with the relevance of skills taught
  • 90% are satisfied with teachers industry knowledge and experience
  • 88% are satisfied with the cost effectiveness of TAFE training

Tapp emphasised that certainty of funding for vocational education and training is of paramount importance to national and state economies as well as business confidence.

The group is seeking  are seeking early engagement with the Commonwealth government to guarantee replacement of the $516 million in Commonwealth funding for VET that is shown to decline from 1 July 2017.

Warren Tapp

Warren Tapp is a member of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Council and was most recently the Chairperson of the former Southbank Institute of Technology Board and a member of the TAFE Reform Board. He has been a Non-Executive Chairman of eight Boards across a range of industries.  He is a Company Director and has been appointed as the Chairperson of the TAFE Queensland Board. He was the founder and Managing Director of his own board consulting company and a lecturer for the Australian Institute of Company Directors on all corporate governance subjects locally and nationally.

VET: the good, the bad and the unlikely

AEU     |    30 April 2015

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Gavin MoodieThe Abbott Government has been erratic in vocational education, as in many other areas, in its first 18 months of office, writes Gavin Moodie, on the Australian Education Union’s Stop TAFE Cuts website. It started badly with early decisions to reduce quality controls, appoint supporters to key government advisory posts and further cut unions from contributing to policy on vocational education. These decisions seemed to have been driven more by ideological fervor and rewarding party supporters than evidence of what is good for vocational education, its students and the interest groups which governments these days insist on calling ‘stakeholders’. Unfortunately few so called ‘stakeholders’ satisfy the original meaning of those who provide crucial support to the organisation. However, within 6 months the Government acknowledged the need to strengthen quality assurance and remove or at least try to reduce the dodgy providers and practices which are costing governments so much in subsidies, as well as undercutting TAFE.

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The Government’s launch of reviews of training packages and their development has been generally good for vocational education, and a considerable advance on governments’ previous practice of announcing major new policies without any public involvement or consultation but following secret consultations with key supporters and favoured interest groups – sorry, stakeholders. The Government released discussion papers, held nationwide consultations online and in person, and invited submissions from all who may be interested. However, the Government is not planning to release submissions. While this is an observation of an improved process rather than outcome, it is nonetheless an advance.

The training package reviews are also good in opening for discussion issues that had previously been non negotiable, responding to criticisms that have been published in The Australian TAFE Teacher and elsewhere. For example, the training packages discussion paper notes the relatively high proportion of qualifications that had no or trivial numbers of publicly funded enrolments in the decade from 2002 to 2013. This is precisely the issue raised by Leesa Wheelahan in her article VET has too many qualifications and is too complex published in the Winter 2012 issue of The Australian TAFE Teacher.

The possibility which perhaps has the most potential for TAFE is in the discussion paper on the development of training packages which includes ‘Approach 3: Government contracts for designated VET sector bodies’. The discussion paper explains: ‘This approach would see a limited number of bodies, approximately six, assigned the responsibility for the development and maintenance of the training package and associated products with the possibility of a lead industry skills body.’ This seems to offer the possibility of the State TAFE bodies preferably, or less desirably TAFE institutes in each State and territory, associating to be one of the approximately six designated VET sector bodies.
This review of training packages responds to the extensive research that found that certificates I and II have much poorer outcomes than higher level vocational qualifications, and acknowledges that they may serve different roles from other qualifications mainly as preparations for higher level qualifications. The review also responds to the finding from NCVER’s ‘Vocations’ project led by Leesa Wheelahan that some vocational qualifications are much more closely related to occupations than others and suggests that qualifications may be designed and regulated differently according to the roles they serve. The discussion paper raises the possibility of ‘“Broad banding” qualifications into vocational streams’, which was also proposed by the ‘Vocations’ project.

These developments would be good because they would allow TAFE institutes to shape qualifications to suit the different needs of their students and the different roles they play in preparing graduates for employment and further learning.

Also good for TAFE is the proposal to strengthen qualifications’ quality assurance, perhaps by specifying volumes of learning and/or monitoring assessment standards, since this should curb the dodgy providers and practices which have been undercutting TAFE by lowering standards.
The discussion papers even invite a change in nomenclature from the previous hallowed ‘training packages’ to ‘industry-defined qualifications’, ‘occupational standards’ or ‘skills standards’ and replacing ‘competencies’ with ‘knowledge and skills’. While, again, this appears more symbolic than substantive, it may signal an acceptance that vocational education is not well served by having the language and structure of its qualifications so radically different from, and largely incomprehensible to, the other education sectors.

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While it is important to recognise the advances that vocational education has made so that they may be consolidated and built upon, they don’t detract from much that is bad in recent developments in Australian vocational education.

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quote marksThe most important obstacles to improving the quality of vocational education are the unrelenting cuts in funding per student training hour, which have been introduced by both major political parties at both major levels of government for over a decade.

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But of course the Australian Government is silent on this. Most starkly, the training packages discussion paper considers what levers might be available to the government to improve the system, without mentioning the obvious option of increasing investment in it.

This raises a second problem with the Government’s approach: its fragmentation of vocational education as if different aspects could be examined and possibly changed without considering the implications for the sector as a whole. All aspects of training packages should be reviewed together, including curriculum, accreditation, quality assurance, funding and governments’ construction of vocational education markets.

Vocational education was made ‘industry led’ in the mid 1990s to make it more relevant to employment, and more recently it has been increasingly marketised to make it more flexible and responsive to employers. But still the Government’s discussion paper complains that vocational education is too inflexible and that employers aren’t sufficiently engaged in exercising the leadership governments thrust upon them.

Yet the Government seeks to fix the problems arising from marketising vocational education by introducing yet more marketisation – what it calls ‘contestability’ – in developing training packages. This risks all the principal-agent problems of bodies acting in their own market interests rather than in the interests of their students let alone the system as a whole. This in turn will require the Government to introduce different layers of monitoring and control, by contracts rather than regulation, but external control nonetheless.

The discussion papers assume that skills standards (training packages) will continue to be based on atomised work tasks. Yet it is precisely this shackling of vocational education qualifications to narrow and often short term work tasks that limits their development of graduates’ medium term vocational development and transfer between occupations, and limits their application to broader vocational roles.

While the Government is open to different ways of developing skills standards (training packages), all of its approaches would continue to place almost all of the initiative at the top of the hierarchy, which would impose its requirements on successively lower layers to training providers. This top-down approach is the reason for the large number of unused and under used qualifications, since qualifications are commissioned at the top of the hierarchy far away from the teachers and training providers responding to students’ and employers’ interests.

Furthermore, all 3 of the Government’s options for developing skills standards (training packages) combine the specification of the requirements for skills standards (training packages) with developing qualifications to meet those skills standards (training packages). The Government should continue with the top level specification of skills standards (training packages). However, skills standards (training packages) should be restricted to the minimum necessary to ensure national portability and should be defined differently as the development of the knowledge, technical skills and attributes of graduates in their field. The Government should also allow qualifications to be developed by providers or groups of providers such as TAFE systems.

The Abbott Government has intensified Coalition governments’ marginalisation of unions’ involvement in vocational education and continues the longstanding and bipartisan exclusion of teachers from vocational education policy which has led to policy which erodes the educational value of vocational education. Minimally, the attributes of training package development should include understanding how people learn knowledge and skills, for this the whole point of vocational education.

Unlikely

On 9 January 2014 USA President Barak Obama announced his proposal to make approved community college programs free to all students who study more than half time and maintain reasonable passing grades and progress towards their qualification. This proposal follows similar policies in the state of Tennessee under a Republican governor and for the city of Chicago under a Democrat mayor. While Obama’s proposal is unlikely to pass the current Congress, it offers a useful example to Australia since the USA is also a federation in which until Obama’s presidency almost all community college funding came from the states. President Obama’s ‘college promise’ offers a great ideal to which Australian governments should aspire.

TDA Newsletter 20 April 2015

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Victorian TAFE sector losses worsen

The financial position of Victoria’s TAFE sector has significantly worsened, according to annual reports tabled in the state parliament last week.

The reports for 10 TAFE institutes show an expected operating deficit of $52.5 million for 2014, compared to an $8.9 million deficit in 2013.

The Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, said that when the $44.4 million write-down of the Student Management System is added, the net result is a $96.6 million deficit.

He said that the market share of TAFE had fallen to 25 per cent of the total training market.

Staff numbers at the 10 TAFEs fell by 132 over the year.

See the Premier’s media release.

See an article in The Age.


Official invitation to Mick Young Oration

As advised in last week’s newsletter, the official invitation to the 2015 Mick Young Oration is now available.

Victoria’s Minister for Training and Skills Steve Herbert will deliver the Oration on 21 May at Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence at Docklands, Melbourne, at 5.15 pm for 5.30 pm commencement. It will be followed by refreshments, concluding at 7.30 pm.

There is no charge for the event but registration is essential and places are strictly limited.

The annual event is held in memory of the former Labor minister, Mick Young, whose legacy includes the Mick Young Scholarships.

Please RSVP by 11 May 2015. The TDA National Scholarships Foundation looks forward to welcoming you to the event.

See the Invitation.


Four Corners to expose corruption in international student market

Claims of academic fraud, and corruption in the international student marketplace are set to feature on tonight’s ABC Four Corners.

The program, ‘Degrees of Deception’ will highlight what it describes as “alarming new evidence of a decline in academic standards at institutions around the country”.

Reporter Linton Besser has also uncovered evidence of corruption among the network of overseas agents who scout for business on behalf of higher education providers.

It is claimed that many international students don’t have the English language skills to undertake studies, and this is fuelling a thriving black market in plagiarism and the corruption of some academics.


TAFE NSW sees record numbers graduate with degrees

A record 89 students graduated with degrees from TAFE NSW last week.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, the Managing Director of TAFE NSW, Pam Christie said enrolments have grown from 23 students in 2011 to 1,094 in 2015 with nine degree programs available to potential students.

“TAFE courses have much smaller class sizes in the first year. Direct contact with lecturers is significantly higher at TAFE than at a university and there is a more structured and industry-specific environment in which to complete your studies,” Ms Christie said.

“Our retention rate is over 90% and this reflects the excellent student support that TAFE NSW offers. Most of our degree students are mature age and therefore are highly self-motivated people who enjoy the smaller class sizes,” she said.

The graduates, from colleges across regional and metropolitan NSW, gained qualifications including a Graduate Certificate in Leadership, a Bachelor of Design (Interior Design), a Bachelor of 3D Art and Animation, a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care (Birth – 5), a Bachelor of Information Technology (Network Security) and an Associate Degree of Accounting.


Shandong delegation inspects South Australia’s leading institutes

South Australia has hosted a high level delegation from Shandong as part of a visit to the state’s TAFEs and universities.

The Chairman of the Shandong Province People’s Congress, as well as 12 representatives of Shandong universities and vocational education and training (VET) institutions and the Shandong Provincial Education Department toured university and TAFE campuses.

Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister Gail Gago said educators visited the new $120 million Flinders at Tonsley building, TAFE SA’s Tonsley and Regency campuses, the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia.

Chinese students comprise almost 40 per cent of international students in the state.

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Victoria leading education trade mission to Latin America

Victoria’s Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert will lead a delegation of 29 representatives from Victorian universities, TAFEs and private institutions on an education trade mission to Latin America.

The visit from April 20-30 will be one of the biggest of its kind and will engage with senior political leaders, industry executives and high-level education officials.

It will travel to Santiago, São Paulo, Curitiba, Bogota and Lima. The Minister will also travel separately to Brasilia for meetings with government officials.

The mission will promote Victoria’s expertise in water management, urban planning and education.

The senior delegation includes the vice-chancellor of La Trobe University, CEOs of Victorian TAFEs and experts in water management, urban planning and education.


Applications for TDA policy position close Friday

Applications for the position of Policy Analyst with TDA will close this Friday.

As previously advised, the preferred location for the position is in Sydney.

A candidate information package is available by contacting memberservices@tda.edu.au

Further information about the role can be obtained by contacting the Acting CEO, Malcolm White on (02) 9217 3180


Call for papers on creativity in educational research

What is meant by creativity in educational research?

This is one of the questions being asked as part of a planned journal article on ‘creative approaches to research in further, adult and higher education’, to be published September 2016.

A Journal of the Australian Association for Qualitative Research has issued a call for papers around creative methods and methodologies in educational research, focusing on further, adult and higher education.

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Abstracts, proposals and any queries should be directed to the editors:

Liz.atkins@northumbria.ac.uk

Jonathan.tummons@durham.ac.uk



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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
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Global Concepts Symposium
Centre for Excellence & LH Martin Institute

DATE: 27 May 2015
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EduTECH
National Congress & Expo

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NSW ITABS
Navigating the new world: New challenges = New Opportunities

DATE: 4 June 2015
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Western Sydney Careers Expo
DATE: 18-21 June 2015
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NCVER
‘No Frills’ conference

DATE: 6-8 July 2015
LOCATION: University of Western Sydney
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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
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National VET Conference
Velg Training

DATE: 17-18 September 2015
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
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Australian International Education Conference 2015
International education: global, responsible, sustainable

DATE: 6 – 9 October 2015
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TDA Newsletter 13 April 2015

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Apprentice trade support loans reach 20,000

The number of trade support loans is growing, with 20,000 applications received under the program.

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said the milestone shows the importance of the Trade Support Loans Programme in giving apprentices the best possible chance of completing their trade qualification.

The Trade Support Loans Programme began in July 2014, replacing the Tools for your Trade program which provided up to $5,500 in direct payments over the course of an apprenticeship.


TAFE shines at transport and logistics national awards

TAFE Institutes and students received some of the top honours at the national Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) awards for excellence in Melbourne.

TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute (SWSi) won the award for Innovation & Excellence in Workforce Development (Logistics and Warehousing) for its innovative partnerships with the industry, together with its quality teaching.

TAFE Western NSW shared the Chairman’s Award for its program of road transport training for inmates in corrective service institutions in central western NSW.

Trainee of the Year was Illawarra TAFE student, Billie-Jean Raahauge, a highly skilled and promising marine operator employed on the Bateman’s Bay ferry.

Highly Commended in Trainee of the Year was Ryan Spong, from the NSW Water Police, who undertook his training at Hunter TAFE.

Other winners included the Queensland Department of Education and Training, SRT Logistics, Airservices Australia, Rio Tinto Iron Ore Railways Division, Australian Reef Pilots, Patrick Terminals & Logistics, and Australian Maritime College.

See all the award winners.

TLISC Deputy Chair, Jon Northorpe with SWSi’s Terry Saunby, Olivia Milligan and Ed Tarabey. TLISC CEO Robert Adams with Billie-Jean Raahauge and Colin Triton from TAFE Illawarra.
TLISC Chair Laurie D’Apice with TAFE Western’s Ray Driscoll and Neil Milton. TLISC CEO Robert Adams with Ryan Spong who studied at Hunter TAFE.

Bendigo Kangan TAFE researcher wins $6,000 scholarship

Peter Hurley from Bendigo Kangan TAFE has been awarded the 2015 TDA/AVETRA Innovation Scholarship for his proposed research into ways of making TAFE more relevant to the unemployed.

The $6,000 scholarship will support research to help identify successful models for TAFE in better engaging the unemployed and linking them to training.

Mr Hurley, who works in Employment Services at Bendigo Kangan TAFE, there has often been difficulty for TAFE in adjusting its programs to meet the needs of unemployed people.


Victorian Skills Minister Steve Herbert to deliver Mick Young Oration

Victoria’s Minister for Training and Skills Steve (pictured) will deliver the 2015 Mick Young Oration in Melbourne in May.

The oration will be held Thursday 21 May from 5.15 to 7.30 pm at Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence at Docklands.

The annual event is held in memory of the former Labor minister, Mick Young, whose legacy includes the Mick Young Scholarships.

The oration is always a thought-provoking event, and an opportunity to reflect on the role of TAFE and the training system.

An official invitation will be included in next week’s newsletter, but you can reserve a place now by emailing foundation@tda,edu.au or calling (02) 9217 4348. There is no charge for attending.


Skills adviser network tender opens

The federal government has opened the tender for a new national network of skills advisers.

The Industry Skills Fund (ISF) Skills Adviser Network will work with small to medium business to help identify skills to boost workforce capability and productivity.

The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said it could include the identification of skills gaps to position businesses to diversify into new markets, adopt new technologies, enter export markets and create more jobs.

The Skills Adviser Tender is part of the government’s $476 million Industry Skills Fund. The tender will close 23 April.

See more.



Diary Dates

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.

Global Concepts Symposium
Centre for Excellence & LH Martin Institute

DATE: 27 May 2015
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
DETAILS: More information coming soon.

EduTECH
National Congress & Expo

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

NSW ITABS
Navigating the new world: New challenges = New Opportunities

DATE: 4 June 2015
LOCATION: Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, Sydney
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.

NCVER
‘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.

Australian International Education Conference 2015
International education: global, responsible, sustainable

DATE: 6 – 9 October 2015
LOCATION: Adelaide Convention Centre
DETAILS: More information.

TDA Newsletter 7 April 2015

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Federal government considering escape clause for duped VET students

The federal government is considering a new ‘cooling-off’ provision that would allow students signed up by some colleges to back out of agreements.

The Australian reports that Assistant Education Minister Senator Simon Birmingham is evaluating a two-step enrolment system to stop colleges recruiting students signed up as a result of door-to-door sales and other high pressure techniques.

“It should be an opt-in process that operates a little like a cooling-off period,” Senator Birmingham said.

“Rather than opting out at the end of that period, they would have to opt-in as a demonstration of their ­enthusiasm and commitment to do the course.”

Senator Birmingham has also issued a warning to recruitment companies about using bogus job ads in order to gather personal details of job applicant which are passed on to training providers.

“If I find the current laws are inadequate to deal with it, I will be happy to strengthen the rules,” he said.


A new home and a new minister for TAFE NSW

TAFE NSW has been moved from the education portfolio to the industry portfolio and a new minister as part of Premier Mike Baird’s cabinet reshuffle.

Responsibility for TAFE will shift from Education Minister Adrian Piccoli to fellow National MP, John Barilaro, Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business.

Premier Baird said the Coalition made a number of significant announcements on TAFE during the campaign “that indicate the importance of the vocational education and training sector in the Government’s push to create 150,000 new jobs during its second term of office.”

Minister Barilaro, who managed a building firm in Queanbeyan before entering parliament, has been a strong supporter of apprenticeships and training.

TDA extends its congratulations to Minister Barilaro on his new responsibilities.


South Australia to review courses in policy shake-up

The South Australian government has released a new training blueprint to replace the ’Skills for All’ scheme.

Meanwhile, the State Opposition has released a financial performance summary which, it says, shows payments to TAFE SA from the Skills for All program have fallen by almost $49 million this year.

Announcing the reforms, Higher Education and Skills Minister Gail Gago said: “Currently, there are about 900 subsidised courses. Today more than 200 courses that have no students – and more than 150 courses that do not align with the state’s economic priorities or strategic industry needs – will undergo a review.”

A refined list of courses will be released on May 1 and will be subject to consultation with the training and skills sector, and will take effect on July 1.

See more.


ASQA approves TAFE Directors’ tuition assurance scheme

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has approved the tuition assurance scheme (TAS) operated by TDA as suitable for the protection of fees prepaid by vocational education and training (VET) students.

Registered training organisations (RTOs) must protect fees that are prepaid by students in excess of a total of $1,500.

ASQA Chief Commissioner Chris Robinson said: “TAFE Directors Australia applied to ASQA seeking approval for its TAS and, following an extensive assessment, ASQA has determined that TDA’s scheme provides the necessary protection of prepaid student fees and approved its recognition under the national Standards for RTOs.”

Under the TDA TAS, if a member RTO is unable to provide the training for which it has received payment, the student will be placed with a suitable alternative. If no suitable alternative place can be found, fees will be refunded.

See more.


New job services providers announced

The Commonwealth Department of Employment has announced contracts to 66 organisations, including a number of TAFE Institutes, to deliver employment services as part of its new ‘jobactive’ program.

Jobactive will provide $5 billion over three years to deliver job services to 51 employment regions across Australia.

The new model, to come into effect on July 1, will provide outcome payments at four, 12 and 26 weeks to ensure job seekers take up work opportunities, including seasonal work.

Holmesglen and Box Hill Institute secured a number of contracts.

See the full list of providers.


International education strategy gets a thumbs-up

TAFE Directors Australia has welcomed the release by Education Minister Christopher Pyne of the Draft National Strategy for International Education.

TDA’s Acting CEO, Malcolm White commended the government for finally responding to the recommendations of the Chaney Report, Educating Globally, which was released over two years ago.

“We are particularly pleased to see a strong emphasis on vocational education and training and the significant benefits this sector does, and can, provide,” he said.

“We now look forward to a May budget which provides clear incentives and investments to achieve this,” Mr White said.

The Minister said that international education is a $16.3 billion export industry that supports 130,000 jobs nationally.

“It has been estimated that over the next decade international education could double in value to the Australian economy, creating tens of thousands of local jobs,” he said.

See the Draft National Strategy for International Education.

See TDA’s media release.


Financial advice tool now available for VET students

Apprentices and trainees will be able to improve their money management skills, following the release of ‘Be MoneySmart’ – a financial education resource aimed at those in the vocational education and training sector.

The resource was developed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), in consultation with the Australian Tax Office, Group Training Australia, Fair Work Building and Construction, Bendigo Kangan Institute and Innovation and Business Skills.

Be MoneySmart covers five topics – saving, budgeting and spending; personal tax; superannuation; debt management; and insurance.

It is a free, online resource that can be used for accredited training as part of the Certificate III in Financial Services or for general money management skills development programs.

It is also available as a package for training organisations.

See more.


Vietnam and TAFE NSW expand their training partnership

TAFE NSW and the Government of Vietnam have signed a new MOU that will see education and vocational training expanded to more colleges in Ho Chi Minh City.

The MOU will allow Vietnam’s most prestigious provider of vocational education, EMG Education, to roll out extra programs over the next three years with TAFE NSW.

TAFE NSW Managing Director Pam Christie said the training program which began earlier this month has been such a success that both parties agreed to expand the program across additional colleges.

“The continuing progress of this program will see students improve both their English language and vocational skills,” Ms Christie said.

Activities began this week with the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment professional development program which will be delivered to 30 vocational teachers who will then deliver TAFE NSW courses with the support of five TAFE NSW Institutes.

Closer partnership: TAFE NSW Chair, Margy Osmond and Managing Director, Pam Christie; Vietnam’s Minister for Education, Pham Vu Luan; EMG Education Chairman, Hung Truong and Sydney TAFE Director, David Riordan.

See more.


Victorian TAFE Association appoints Executive Director

The Victorian TAFE Association has appointed Andrew Williamson as its new Executive Director.

Andrew has held a number of senior positions in the Victorian VET sector, most recently in the Victorian Department of Education and Training, where he was Acting Director of TAFE Governance and Performance Monitoring in the Higher Education and Skills Group.

Previously, Andrew was an Associate Director at Victoria University, where his leadership responsibilities included industry liaison and innovation in the trades disciplines.

He is a founding member and past President of VALA (Victorian Applied Learning Association) and past President of VISTA, the peak professional association for managers and leaders in the Victorian VET sector.

TDA extends its congratulations to Andrew on his new role.


More funding to help young carers

The federal government will provide an additional 150 bursaries to help young carers to continue study or vocational training.

Carers Australia received 800 applications for bursaries this year.

Due to the strong demand, the Young Carer Bursary Programme will provide an extra 150 bursaries worth a total of $450,000 – on top of the 150 already announced.

The government will also provide $50,000 to Carers Australia to support the delivery of the bursaries.

There are more than 300,000 young carers under 25 who look after people with disability, physical or mental health issues, or older people in need of help.

See more.



Diary Dates

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.

AVETRA
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.

Global Concepts Symposium
Centre for Excellence & LH Martin Institute

DATE: 27 May 2015
LOCATION: Perth, Western Australia
DETAILS: More information coming soon.

EduTECH
National Congress & Expo

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

NSW ITABS
Navigating the new world: New challenges = New Opportunities

DATE: 4 June 2015
LOCATION: Sofitel Wentworth Hotel, Sydney
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.

NCVER
‘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.

 

 

 

 

TDA Newsletter 2 February 2015

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Surprise Queensland election result puts TAFE in the spotlight

The Queensland Labor Opposition’s promise to rescue the TAFE sector will now come into sharper focus following the LNP’s surprise setback in the weekend state election.

During the election campaign, Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk made a number of commitments to address the vocational educational and training system, including:

  • $34 million over three years to create up to 100 TAFE teaching and support positions, fund new training schemes in emerging industries, invest in student support services and subsidise foundation skills course for disadvantaged learners.
  • $240 million over four years to fund industry and community-based organisations to deliver training schemes to 32,000 people.
  • Ensure 10% of workers on major projects are apprentices and trainees and extend the requirement to government-owned corporations.

The latest election counting shows Labor has 43 seats in the 89 member parliament and is on track to form a minority government or govern in its own right.


NSW Auditor-General hits out at training reforms

The framework for VET reform in NSW is unlikely to maximise public value, according to a report from the NSW Auditor-General.

“The Government is more likely to maximise public value from its investment in VET, if it takes a more balanced approach, by putting more emphasis on increased contestability and student choice,” the Auditor-General, Grant Hehir said.

It says that in 2013-14, approximately 11 per cent of the total VET budget of nearly $2.2 billion was contestable between private registered training organisations and TAFE.

In 2014-15, approximately 19 per cent of the total VET budget of $2.3 billion is contestable based on capacity, capability, past performance and ability to deliver particular qualifications in specific regions.

“There is no price competition as the Department sets the same price and fee structure for all Smart and Skilled qualifications on the NSW skills list,” the report says.

See the Auditor-General’s report.


TAFE SA in hospitality partnership with Malaysia

TAFE SA has taken a step towards a partnership with a prestigious Malaysian university college to help deliver courses in baking, patisserie and hospitality.

Employment, Higher Education and Skills Minister Gail Gago said an MoU between TAFE SA and the Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TARC) and its teaching arm, Kojadi Institute, could open up major export opportunities in the sector.

“Following on from a small study tour in 2014 where Malaysian students gained cooking qualifications at Regency TAFE, this MoU could result in increased training export activity with Malaysia,” Ms Gago said.

“From what was literally a brief taste test, TARC is interested in using TAFE SA’s high quality knowledge, expertise and teaching resources to improve its own training capabilities.

“TAFE SA learning materials, guides and assessments would be used in Malaysia and TARC’s teaching staff could undertake intensive study tours in South Australia,” the Minister said.

See more.


Sydney TAFE to provide international training program in India

Negotiations between Sydney TAFE and the Indian State of Maharashtra have come to fruition with confirmation from the Principal Secretary of the Department of Higher and Technical Education in Mumbai to proceed to final approval for an international ‘Train the Trainer’ program in India.

In 2012 the then Premier of NSW signed an MOU with the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra to strengthen bilateral relations between the two states regarding education and training.

Last week, Sydney TAFE Institute Director, David Riordan, travelled to Delhi and Mumbai as part of Australia Business Week in India and attended a meeting with the NSW Premier and Maharashtra Chief Minister aimed at assisting with skill development in India.

Sydney TAFE has been part of a national working party led by the Commonwealth Department of Industry to develop an international TVET Train and Assessor Course. As a result of Sydney TAFE’s involvement in this working party, they were invited to select a suitable partner in India for this pilot.

“Sydney TAFE is very excited to be working with the Maharashtra State Board of Technical Education to assist with this important skills training initiative. We believe it will contribute to the quality of TVET Teacher Training across India and builds upon India’s growing economic prosperity,” said Mr Riordan.

Sydney TAFE, upon final approval, will deliver a pilot Train the Trainer program to 40 Maharashtra Government teachers from selected colleges and institutes across the region.  The project is anticipated to begin in mid-2015.


TDA says farewell to Melinda Waters

TDA’s Director, Technical and Tertiary Education, Melinda Waters is leaving TDA to travel abroad.

Melinda departs with the very best wishes from all at TDA and those who have worked with her.

TDA Acting Chief Executive, Malcolm White said Melinda had been an invaluable part of the TDA team, particularly in relation to her work in higher education, advocacy on behalf of TDA, and for her extremely sound analysis.

We wish Melinda all the best of luck for the future.


Sino-Australia forum on transnational education and mobility

The federal Department of Education and Training and the Chinese Ministry of Education are organising a forum on Transnational Education and Student Mobility in Beijing, 27-28 March, directly following the 2015 APAIE (Asia-Pacific Association for International Education) conference.

The one-and-a-half day forum will bring together government, peak body and education institutions from across China and Australia, to look at current policies and future trends in Sino-Australian transnational education, and explore cooperation models, quality assurance mechanisms and measures for promoting two-way student mobility.

There is no cost, but numbers will be limited to around 50 participants from Australia, with China expecting around 100.

Those interested in participating should contact the Australian Embassy in Beijing at education.research@dfat.gov.au  or directly contact Cathryn Hlavka, Minister Counsellor (Education and Research), Australian Embassy, Beijing, Tel: + 86 10 5140 4241


Reminder: TDA/AVETRA 2015 Innovation Scholarship closes 27 February

The second round of the TDA and AVETRA joint ‘Innovation Scholarship’ for 2015 is open and due to close COB 27 February.

This Scholarship awards $6,000 to a TAFE practitioner, or group of practitioners, to research innovative ways to work with industry or community to meet skill needs. The aim is to build innovation and applied research capability in TAFE.

David McLean, Deputy Head of the School of Vocational Business Education at RMIT, was the winner in 2014 and will present his research at AVETRA’s Annual Conference in Melbourne in April. David investigated innovative training models for new micro-business start-ups in the Health and Community Services Sector.

The Scholarship supports TDA’s objective to position TAFE in a competitive training market, and AVETRA’s strong commitment to the development of research in VET nationally.

Applications which contain co-sponsorship contributions by industry are strongly encouraged.

See here for more information on the scholarship guidelines and application form.

Alternatively, email: Pam Caven at TDA pcaven@tda.edu.au or Linda Simon from AVETRA at lindasimon2@bigpond.com


TAFE to pilot interactive training technology

TAFE SA is working with a private sector partner to ‘gamify’ training through the use of new interactive technology.

The training simulations use tactile and visual engagement in a 3D-simulated environment to deliver skills online, with less reliance on text and audio.

TAFE SA Executive Director Education Ms Jen Rodger says the work with Etrain Interactive will see simulated training piloted in the construction, carpentry, plumbing, minerals drilling and health programs in early 2015.

See more.



Vacancy for Policy Director at TDA

An opportunity will shortly become available at TDA in the role of Director, Policy.

This full time position may be located in either Sydney or Canberra (negotiable).

As an initial step, please contact Member Services on email: memberservices@tda.edu.au or phone 02 9217 3180 to obtain a Candidate Information Package.

Applications close this Friday, 6th February 2015.


Diary Dates

Victoria University
Financial Sustainability in VET

DATE: 25-26 February 2015
LOCATION: Victoria University City Convention Centre, Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Engineering Excellence Project Information Sessions
Australian Industry Group

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

VET Development Centre
Learning Lab

DATE: 5 March 2015
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention Centre
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.

AVETRA
18th Annual Conference

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

EduTECH
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.

NCVER
‘No Frills’ conference

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

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.