MH17

MH17 memorial

The face of grief 24 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Children in Eynesbury, Victoria, attend a memorial service for a local family of five killed in the destruction of MH17 . ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… … [Read more...]

The Scan’s all time top ten reads

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……………………………………………………………………………………………………… This is The Scan's 2000th post since we went to this particular format in February 2012 (although The Scan itself dates from June 2010 - check out the first Scan).  These are the top ten posts and they're actually quite representative of what The Scan "does".  Obviously, we're a news aggregator: we take news from other outlets and try to put it into digestible form for busy people (which was the original purpose  of The Scan). But we also provide independently sourced news and commentary.  And we cover the whole of the tertiary sector: higher education and VET, public and private.  We don't cover everything - and never could - but we try to cover what … [Read more...]

Skills reform a “shemozzle”, says ex-TAFE chief

Jeff Cunningham

23 July 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………  Skills reform in Australia is an “absolute shemozzle” and is jeopardising a world-class vocational education and training system, says Jeff Gunningham, recently retired chief executive of TAFE South Australia.  But the apparent troubles besetting TAFE are the invention of a "misinformed media", according to the Victorian minister. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… Gunningham told the Victorian TAFE Association conference that bureaucratic bungling and an obsession with the bottom line is degrading training and threatening the existence of public TAFE institutes. TAFE is at risk in Australia, driven by a Council of … [Read more...]

The Scan | Edition # 157 | 22 July 2014

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______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ iCollege sails close to the wind 19 July 2014    |     iCollege, an online education start-up, has defended its claims to be accredited by an international accreditation agency - the International Vocational Standards and Accreditation Agency (IVSAA) - that is registered to its own address, saying an equivalent couldn’t be found so they had to set up their own. Victor Hawkins, managing director of the newly ASX-listed company, said its claim that it “has adopted the IVSAA’s “Code of Professional Conduct” is not duplicitous, even though its … [Read more...]

Talking heads

Talking Heads

Free creative careers seminar series. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… From radio to TV and music to photography: hear from experts who have made it in the industries they love. 23 July to 15 October : Melbourne Polytechnic, 144 High St Prahran. … [Read more...]

International enrolments up 10%

Inter May 2014

AEI | 14 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The latest monthly international enrolment and commencement report shows a 10% increase in full-fee paying international students on May last year. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… As at year-to-date (YTD) May 2014, there were 404,909 enrolments by full-fee paying international students in Australia on a student visa. This represents a 10.1% increase on YTD May 2013 and compares with the average YTD May growth rate for enrolments of 4.6% per year over the preceding ten years. There were 170,269 commencements in YTD May 2014, representing an 18.4% increase over the same period in 2013. This compares with the … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 21 July 2014

Australian Apprenticeship Centres need review TDA has urged a House of Representatives Committee to re-evaluate the role of Australian Apprenticeships Centres (AACs), with a view to arresting the decline in apprentice numbers and reducing duplication and complexity. TDA Director, Adrian Maron; CEO, Martin Riordan; and  Director of Policy and Stakeholder Engagement, Pam Caven appeared last week before the Standing Committee on Education and Employment inquiry into TAFE. Martin Riordan said both students and industry were confused by the current AAC arrangements, which were intended as one-stop shops to drive apprentice enrolments. “Instead they remain as stand-alone Commonwealth tender … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 21 July 2014

In Focus As the Acting CEO it is important for me to ensure all member services continue to be provided in accordance with members’ wishes.  We received over 390 responses to our member survey and you made some very clear suggestions for improvement even though there was a 90% satisfaction rate with ACPET’s overall performance. There has been a lot going on with all the end of financial year activities and our Auditors being in the office. I have been extremely pleased with the support I have received from all the ACPET staff.... Read more National ACPET's LLN Capable project - working towards our VET sector show case: Employease On 14 - 15 August, … [Read more...]

How to be a mini media mogul

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22 July 2012 Go to the Wordpress website to get started (click the “Get started” button, obviously). It’s probably worth purchasing your domain name - it’s just $18 a year – for example, www.the-scan.com is better than www.the-scan.wordpress.com. Once you have registered you will need to pick a theme – that is, what your site is going to look like - follow the prompts. There are plenty of free themes or you can purchase a premium theme (generally $40-$80). Alterntively you can purchase unlimited access to premium themes for $120. In any case, it is worth considering the premium upgrade at $99 which provides a domain name plus advanced customisation. The Scan has the premium … [Read more...]

iCollege sails close to the wind

The Australian    |   16 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… iCollege, an online education start-up, has defended its claims to be accredited by an international accreditation agency - the International Vocational Standards and Accreditation Agency (IVSAA) - that is registered to its own address, saying an equivalent couldn’t be found so they had to set up their own. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… Victor Hawkins, managing director of the newly ASX-listed company, said its claim that it “has adopted the IVSAA’s “Code of Professional Conduct” is not duplicitous, even though its website does not make clear the IVSAA is registered to the same Subiaco Perth … [Read more...]