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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...]

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...]

ACPET National Monday Update, Edition 607, 8 June

In Focus The sector moves on - I think.  I would like to start with what will become a weekly ‘profiling’ of upcoming sessions at our National Conference. Last week I mentioned the focus on public policy and the reform agenda. This year’s conference will kick off with a provocative but much needed discussion, involving a panel of high profile representatives of the sector. Leading edge CEOs and CEOs who are trying to rebuild after everything went wrong (for them and all concerned) will be joined by a ‘Broker’, Industry representatives and a high profile academic. The group will be led in the discussion by a well-known journalist who will ask the confronting question we must … [Read more...]

NCVER News #353 1 Jun 2015

A regular email newsletter from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research One month to 24th National VET Research Conference Register now and join us for an exciting program featuring over 50 presentations focusing on three key areas: Youth, Pathways and Skills, all of which are vital to developing the VET system and meeting future skills demand. Presentations include: Skills transfer, re-skilling and training of older workers in response to industry restructuring Using integrated VET and Census of Population and Housing data to measure educational outcomes Employers' views of work integrated learning: engineering as a case study Pathways to degree completion in … [Read more...]

ACPET Victoria VET Forum

………………………………………………………………………………………………………  Tuesday 9 June, 9am – 2pm Rydges, 186 Exhibition Street Melbourne $166 members $220 non members …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Senator Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training, will lead a number of prominent keynote speakers at this year’s forum focussing on the issues of interest to all RTOs. This compact half day forum will conclude with a member networking lunch. Key topics include; Volume of Learning- Chris Robinson, Chief Commissioner ASQA VET Reform - Rob Wood, Deputy Secretary Higher Education Skills Group Streamlined Visa Processing - Michael Ferguson, Director Education Policy DIBP USI - … [Read more...]

The VET Store

21 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… This new service by the VET Development Centre provides access to a range of information to support VET practitioners in the work they do. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… In one  location The VET Store provides easy access to: VET Blog - keep up to date with research and reports regarding VET and Tertiary education Resource and network portal– allows access to post workshop resources and the place to download your Certificate of Attendance Podcasts– listen to experts discuss a range of topics pertinent to VET Solutions– provides information on projects funded by the Centre each year.   … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 604, 18 May 2015

In Focus Good Morning Everyone Rod was away for most of last week and he asked me to step in to provide an update on the week. No doubt you are all aware we had a federal budget brought down last week. There was very little mention of post school education and training. There were however a number of announcements that impact on private providers of education and training. These include: Visa Applications costs to increase by either the level of the CPI, 5% or 10%. Reduced taxation and incentives for small business. Obviously this is a positive outcome for our smaller providers. Higher Education reforms. The various releases from the Government have reinforced the … [Read more...]

The Scan # 169 15 May 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ GDP spending on higher education set to fall to half OECD average 15 May 2015    |    Spending on higher education as a proportion of GDP will fall from 0.56% in 2015 down to 0.48% in 2018, well below the OECD average of 1%, an analysis of the 2015 Budget figures has determined. According to Vin Massaro, an honorary professorial fellow with the Centre for the Study of Higher Education, higher education spending is slated to drop from $9.3bn in 2015, to $8.9bn in 2016, $9.1bn in 2017 and back to $9.3bn in 2018, representing a drop in GDP every year. … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 11 May 2015

  In Focus To be or not to be.. The last week has seen some important events in the tertiary education sector.The Council of Australia Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council met in Melbourne on 8 May for its third meeting. The Council held separate industry and skills sessions. The industry session was chaired by the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP, Government Minister for Industry and Science. The skills session was chaired by the Hon Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training, accompanied by Ministers from the states and territories. Minister Birmingham also chaired a forum with members of the business community, peak industry and … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 599, 13 April 2015

  In Focus Private VET sector not broken Australia has  fantastic private VET colleges delivering high quality support to students and great outcomes. However, we also have a more negative side that the media is shining the spotlight on. I must ask myself at times like these, is the VET sector actually broken, or does the private sector play a legitimate role? Let’s go to the data: Private tertiary education injects $5.8 billion per year to the national economy, employ almost 100,000 people and educate 1.4 million students. 1670 of the 4500 private RTOs received government funding in 2013 and enrolled 28% of students. In a sign quality … [Read more...]