More or less regulation?

The Conversation     |    23 March 2015 Seeking coherence in tertiary education ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The federal government’s proposed higher education reforms failed spectacularly in the Senate again last week. Before the government tries a third time to secure support for a policy that has been difficult to sell, Swinburne University vice-chancellor Linda Kristjanson write that the government  needs to learn from past mistakes in the tertiary education sector and think carefully about how to move forward. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Australians rejected deregulation because it wasn’t fair for all The debate has advanced since the … [Read more...]

Vic “Back to Work Fund” for TAFE

23 March 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Andrews government has announced a $50 million plan to provide training courses to give unemployed Victorians the skills they need. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The $50 million TAFE Back to Work Fund will fund  TAFEs that are struggling financially and help institutes build partnerships with companies in the six growth sectors of the economy identified by the Labor government’s Back to Work Plan to create at least 100,000 jobs. The fund will offer one-off grants to TAFEs to develop and expand courses that align with the needs of local employers, including those eligible for the Back to Work … [Read more...]

VET declines in Victoria

23 March 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………  The Andrews government says the latest Victorian Training Market Report the vocational education and training (VET) in Victoria was in crisis under the former Napthine government. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… TAFE enrolments, in particular have continued to plummet, with government-subsidised places falling by 33% over the past year. More vulnerable Victorians are missing out with government-funded training enrolments by regional students, trainees, disabled and disadvantaged learners all in decline. There was an 18% drop in 15 to 19-year-olds receiving government-funded training last year. Training … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 23 March 2015

Sydney TAFE signs scholarships agreement with TDA Sydney TAFE is one of several TAFE Institutes to sign up with the TDA National Scholarships Foundation (TDA NSF) to award a large share of the scholarship program. The agreement with Sydney TAFE is the most significant to date. Rob Cousins, Associate Director of Sydney TAFE said the TDA NSF scholarships provide students with truly national recognition of their ambitions and achievements. Other Institutes which have arrangements with TDA NSF are Riverina and South Western Sydney in NSW, Central in Western Australia, CIT in the ACT and The Gordon in Victoria. Other Institutes continuing with Mick Young scholarships … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 23 March 1015

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In Focus The week that was... Edition 596, 23 Mar The Higher Education reforms did not pass the Senate. Not a surprise, however it was certainly disappointing for the industry and students studying in non-University Higher Education Providers. Because a new model for higher education funding is so necessary, more effort is required. It is time for us all to work together the find a solution to the current impasse that is creating uncertainty and risking the quality of Australia’s higher education system. There are actually many areas of common ground. The reforms are too important to let wither on the vine. The future of our sector and that of current and future … [Read more...]

‘Dodgy’ vocational training practices to be targeted by government crackdown

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The Guardian    |    12 March 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With ongoing revelations of systematic rorting of public funding of vocational education and training, the Commonwealth government has announced it will crack down on “dodgy practices” in sector, including a ban on providers offering incentives of cash or laptops to lure students to sign up to courses they don't need. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The government  wants to make it easier to cancel student debts that have been generated by training providers or brokers who breach the new guidelines, with the provider then being required to reimburse taxpayers for the cost. The assistant … [Read more...]

TAFE NSW apologises to students for enrolment delays caused by new software

ABC News     |     12 March 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… An apology has been issued by TAFE NSW for enrolment delays, with many students yet to enrol and pay for their courses more than a month into the start of the term. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The head of TAFE NSW has apologised for the delays caused by new software and a change to the fee structure under the State Government's "Smart and Skilled" reforms. In a message on the TAFE NSW website, managing director Pam Christie said: We are currently modernising and upgrading our enrolment systems and adjusting to new fee and eligibility criteria.  Staff across our TAFE NSW institute network … [Read more...]