The year to date

11 March 2016 There’s a lot to catch up with but, as they say, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose (which is, according to the estimable Wiktionary, an epigram by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr in the January 1849 issue of his journal Les Guêpes (“The Wasps”), meaning “the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing.”)  VET FEE-HELP   As previously reported, changes to the VET FEE-HELP (VFH)  scheme legislated late last year provides some better protection of students from the carpetbaggers who have looted the scheme and dudded the students.  The government proposes to spend this year look at ways to rort-proof it from the likes of Phoenix.  But as so many people have asked: how … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 27 July 2015

COAG lays groundwork for Commonwealth takeover of VET Federal and state leaders have agreed to consider a proposal to shift responsibility for vocational education and training (VET) from the states to the Commonwealth. Last week’s COAG leaders retreat in Sydney, comprising the Prime Minister, state premiers and chief ministers issued a Communiqué outlining plans to consider a historic change in VET governance. “Leaders agreed to consider a shift in responsibility for VET to the Commonwealth provided States and Territories could elect to remain TAFE providers within a national system,” the Communiqué said. At a news conference, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said: “We've … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 27 July 2015

In Focus CEO Update  COAG appears to be in the early stages of conversations about a Commonwealth ‘take over’ of the system. This is no doubt timely as the current approach, with different arrangements, settings and priorities in each jurisdiction fails the common sense test. The current arrangements are fragmented, confusing and lack any sense of national direction and I look forward to the policy discussion (if I can find it) to take a new approach forward.  This of course won’t happen quickly. We therefore can not sit by and wait for others. There is much we can do now to protect the integrity of our qualifications. Quality remains the single most important focus for all … [Read more...]

The Scan # 173 22 July 2015

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ News __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Vic international strategy directions  21   July 2015    |   The Victorian government has released a discussion paper on international education as part of its $200 million Future Industries Fund. The paper covers all three education sectors (higher education, VET and schools).  It proposes nine strategic directions, including developing more markets to reduce reliance on the two traditionally big markets of … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 13 July 2015

Training gets a lift on MySkills website The MySkills website which provides a national directory or training organisations and courses has been updated with information for vocational educational and training (VET) students. The update includes: courses linked to skills in demand in each state and territory student satisfaction and employment outcomes for the 230 most popular courses a VET FEE-HELP loan calculator identification of sanctioned training providers a modernised, tablet-optimised homepage design The Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham sais the new features would allow students to search and compare VET courses and training … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 610, 29 June 2015

In Focus This week saw ACPET begin to focus on its own redevelopment With our absolute commitment to quality, it is imperative that we too ensure that we deliver to the best standards. Naturally this standard will be set by the expectations of members. However, we are already focussing on comprehensive professional development programs, improved communications and s... Read more National Last Chance - Early bird rate ends 1 July Join us with your colleagues and contribute to the discussion on the many important issues facing the tertiary education sector at this time, as we seek to challenge the myths and realities of VET, Higher Education and English Language … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update – Edition 609 – 22 June 2015

In Focus The week that was...  This week saw the inaugural roundtable on international education held in Canberra. It was an opportunity for the sector to meet with a range of Ministers’ whose responsibility intersects with international education as an industry. The roundtable was attended by the Hon Christopher Pyne, Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Ian Macfarlane, Minister for Industry and Trade, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training and Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for … [Read more...]

Victorian TAFE Association State Conference – Friday 17 July 2015

Victoria’s economy is undergoing the fastest rate of structural adjustment in Australia. To make a successful transition, businesses and their personnel will need to understand the capability requirements of the new landscape. Likewise, they will need to assess their own capabilities, promote their strengths and identify and address the gaps. Victorian public providers – having endured a period of massive transformational change – have a vital role to play in leading and supporting Victoria’s transformational challenge. VTA members are uniquely positioned to support the new government’s social and economic agenda: providing young people with pathways to meaningful careers in dynamic new … [Read more...]

NCVER “No Frills” Conference

The 24th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’ will focus on three key areas vital to developing the VET system and meeting future skills demand: Youth: engaging, inspiring and supporting students to realise their potential Pathways: transitioning through education and training into the workforce Skills: working with industry and employers to improve education and training 'No Frills' is a well-known annual national conference where researchers and those engaged in the vocational education and training (VET) sector come together to present, discuss and share information about key issues confronting the sector and network in a relaxed and … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 15 June 2015

In Focus Another week slides by Edition 608, 15 Jun Unemployment up in South Australia, skills down - go figure. In South Australia those who are unemployed or long term unemployed have virtually no choice to find a pathway to the future. Prospective students who are looking for or need specialised support cannot shop around and look for the solution that suits them best. Protectionist policies are ridiculed elsewhere in industry. In VET this approach will not produce the skills system our country really needs. What is becoming apparent is that Australia needs to have a serious think about the direction of its skills policy. We have a system that is held in the highest … [Read more...]