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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...]

Granting TAFE a monopoly isn’t good for it in the long term

The Conversation     |     26 June 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… While the pivotal role of TAFE in VET provision needs to be recognised and funded, seeking to restore a TAFE near monopoly, as the SA government appears to be doing, would be a mistake, argues Peter Noonan, limiting student choice and diversity within the system. Nevertheless, the publicly funded training market as it has emerged in VET is seriously flawed  and needs a fundamental rethink and redesign. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The South Australian government has decided to largely limit funding for government-subsidised vocational courses to TAFE South Australia, the sole public … [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...]

SA govt backtracking on VET funding

ABC News     |   1 June  2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With the Commonwealth considering its VET funding options in South Australia , premier Jay Weatherill has indicated the SA government may soften its controversial approach to vocational education changes following warnings from private providers that they will be forced to close. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Private providers, business groups and some community groups have been dismayed by  the State government’s  decision that TAFE SA would offer the majority of training places subsidised with government funding from 1 July. TAFE SA and private providers previously shared the places on about a … [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...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 606 1 June 2015

In Focus ACPET National Conference  The ACPET National Conference is now looming, scheduled for 27-28 August, with the APIEF plus a practitioner PD day on 26 August. With such debate and contention around both higher education and vocational education, and some very significant challenges across the sector this is a critical opportunity for the industry to come together and develop a position on the reform agenda. .... As reported last week, the South Australian government’s subsidised training list, released on 22 May under the Workready program, walked away from a National Commitment to contestability and only 5000 of 51,000 new places will offer student choice. Last … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 1 June 2015

Commonwealth threatens $65m in training funding to South Australia The federal government is threatening to withhold $65 million in training funds to South Australia over a claimed pro-TAFE bias in the state’s new student funding plan. Under the new WorkReady policy, TAFE will be assured an increased share of contestable funding at the expense of private training providers. The Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said the plan may be in breach of the national partnership agreement, signed with the Commonwealth in 2012. “Premier Weatherill willingly signed on to an agreement in 2012, with then Prime Minister Gillard, to give students and employers … [Read more...]

The Scan # 170 29 May 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ News __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Victorian  unis "financially strong" 29 May 2015    |   The Victorian Auditor General has reported that Victoria’s eight universities are in a strong financial position but he was critical of lax procedures governing travel expenditure. The eight universities, and their subsidiaries, generated a combined surplus of $537.1 million for the year ending 31 December 2014. This includes, however, audit adjustments … [Read more...]

SA government “de-marketises” VET funding

  28 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The South Australian government has stepped back from “open market” VET funding to reintroduce a virtual monopoly for TAFE SA. Under its new WorkReady program, which will replace Skills for All in July, TAFE SA will provide 90% of new training places in 2015 -16.. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Under the reforms, announced on 21 May, approximately 81,000 training places will be subsidised in 2015-16. Of these places, 51,000 will be new and 30,000 will comprise students already undertaking courses. TAFE SA will provide 46,000 of the 51,000 new places. Of the 30,000 continuing places, about 16,000 will be delivered by … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 25 May 2015

Victoria to target training quality and international students – Minister Steve Herbert delivers Mick Young Oration Minister Steve Herbert delivers the Mick Young Oration. Victoria will shortly embark on a new risk-based approach to quality in the vocational education (VET) system, and will seek to position TAFEs as magnets for more international students. Delivering the 2015 Mick Young Oration in Melbourne last Thursday, the Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert, said he would soon be acting on the Deloitte review of quality assurance in the state’s training system. “The Review analysed existing processes and procedures and will shortly be recommending a … [Read more...]