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TDA Newsletter 29 September 2014

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COAG skills ministers launch VET Hotline, new industry body and reform steps

Federal state and territory training Ministers meeting at the COAG Industry and Skills Council meeting in Adelaide, Friday announced a consumer hotline to “streamline and simplify the reporting of complaints.”

The Commonwealth will lead the hotline initiative, and the Ministers’ Communique explained the process was a mechanism to step-up action against poor quality providers.

In addition, Ministers will establish the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.  The meeting agreed to Terms of Reference, functions and structure of the new group, which will be an industry-led body that provides advice on the implementation of national vocational education and training policies, according to the Communique.

Ministers also pledged to support further work on apprenticeship harmonisation, revised standards for registered training providers and regulators, a review of training packages and accredited courses and streamlining data reporting for training providers.

See the Communique.


International students & international competition – Go8 survey

International students’ perception about the quality of education is the most important factor in student choice, according to a study by the Group of Eight.

The report, ‘International Student Motivations’ says that issues such as cost, safety, post-graduation work rights and student visa policies are all important, but the majority of students say quality is what matters most.

“This should be a concern for Australian governments and education providers because Australia is

NOT perceived as the best quality destination. In every student survey considered in this report, the

UK and USA and sometimes Canada, are ranked higher than Australia for quality,” the report says.

Australia is currently the third most popular destination for international students, attracting nearly seven per cent of the total.

“While that is an impressive effort for a country the size of Australia, this outcome is by no means guaranteed into the future,” the report says.

See more.


TDA conference papers available online

TDA 2014 National Conference presentations are now available at the TDA website.

See the conference link.

Photos from the three-day event are also available at the photo gallery.


Inspirational VET student wins international award

Immanuel Njoroge (pictured at right) a Kenyan student at TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute has won the NSW International VET Student of the Year.

Mr Njoroge, who is studying a Diploma of Laboratory Technology at Granville College, was a registered midwife before coming to Sydney to study.

He assists and mentors his classroom peers and helps fellow international students to overcome loneliness. He also volunteers at his local church, helping young people at risk, and for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

TAFE SWSi Institute Director Peter Roberts said Immanuel has been an inspiration to his local community.

“To receive recognition at this level is a great achievement and an inspiration to other students striving for excellence in their field,” he said.


Robin Shreeve returns to TAFE: appointment at TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute

The former head of the Australian Workplace and Productivity Agency (AWPA), Robin Shreeve, has been appointed Institute Director, TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute.

Robin was the CEO of AWPA (and its predecessor, Skills Australia) until it was abolished last April.

Previously he was CEO, City Of Westminster College in the UK, and almost 10 years ago held appointments at TAFE NSW as Deputy Director-General, TAFE and Community, NSW Department of Education and Training, and Institute Director, North Coast Institute of TAFE.

He replaces former Director Susan Hartigan, who has retired after building up TAFE Western Sydney over many years, including the successful online OTEN platform.

Peter Heilbuth has been appointed as Institute Director, New England Institute. Peter has a long career in vocational education and training and has worked in TAFE in Victoria for almost 20 years. Most recently he was CEO of South West Institute of TAFE. Prior to that, Peter spent 17 years at East Gippsland Institute of TAFE, now Advance TAFE.

TDA extends its congratulations to Robin and Peter on their appointments.


New head for NCVER

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has announced the appointment of Dr Craig Fowler as its new managing director.

Dr Fowler is a director of NCVER and Deputy Chief Executive of the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, South Australia. He was previously a Principal in Tax with Ernst & Young, a Business Manager for the Cooperative Research Centre for Cochlear Implant, and coordinator of Biotechnology at Flinders University.

The Chair of the NCVER, Professor Peter Shergold, said Dr Fowler’s work in both the private and public sectors would be invaluable.

“He possesses an exceptional depth of understanding of vocational education and training and the national training system, and a deep sense of the importance of skills acquisition to Australia’s future prosperity.”

Dr Fowler replaces Rod Camm who takes up the position of CEO of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training.


Diary Dates

Austrade
Transnational Education Roadshows

DATE: Brisbane (7 October), Sydney & Melbourne (13 October), Perth (16 October)
LOCATION: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Australian International Education Conference
Inventing the Future

DATE: 7-10 October 2014
LOCATION: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

AUSTAFE 2014 Annual Conference
DATE: 8-10 October 2014
LOCATION: Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Australasian Genomic Technologies Association (AGTA)
2014 Conference

DATE: 12-15 October 2014
LOCATION: Crown Promenade Melbourne
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Group Training Australia
2014 National Conference

DATE: 12-14 November 2014
LOCATION: Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

Government Skills Australia
2014 National Conference

DATE: 17-18 November 2014
LOCATION: Adelaide Oval
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

2014 B/HERT Awards
Business Higher Education Round Table

DATE: 20 November 2014
LOCATION: Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
DETAILS: Click here for more information.

 

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