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New CEO at Melbourne Polytechnic

Melbourne Polytechnic | 20 May 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Rob Wood has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer of Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT). …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Mr Wood  comes to this role from his previous position of Acting Deputy Secretary, Higher Education and Skills Group, in the Victorian government. Mr Wood joined the Victorian Department of Education and Training in August 2014 as the Executive Director, TAFE and Tertiary Education Support and Oversight Division, leading support to and oversight of Victoria’s TAFEs and university relationships. He had to come to Australia with substantial experience in public … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 7 October 2014

Apprentice loans program takes off Almost 6,000 people have taken up loans under the federal government’s Trade Support Loans program since it commenced in August, according to Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane. “The reality is that these loans offer young people who enter a certain skill area or apprenticeship up to $20,000 interest-free, the Minister told parliament last week. The Trade Support Loans program replaced the Tools For Your Trade program which provided a series of cash payments over the course of an apprenticeship totalling up to $5500. Not all vocational training providers are stacking up – The Conversation Ahead of the gazettal of new VET Standards for … [Read more...]

Threads for work

6 October  2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… People who experience disadvantage face many challenges, not the least of which is  finding suitable clothes to wear to an interview and during the early period of their employment.  The Working Wardrobe, an initiative being launched by Melbourne Poly techic’s Work Education Centre is a not for profit clothing store selling clothes suitable for a variety of workplace situations, with money raised being used to outfit disadvantaged students for the workplace.  Staff in the Work Education Centre will be able to give advice to people in understanding what type of clothing is suitable for … [Read more...]

NMIT rebranded as “Melbourne Polytechnic”

The Australian      |      3 October  2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The financially troubled Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, which lost almost $32 million in 2013, has received a $19 million grant from the state government and rebranded itself Melbourne Polytechnic. It is the last of the big Victorian TAFEs to ditch the TAFE brand, with most of the TAFEs now styled as “institutes” and the four Victorian dual sector universities having exited the the state TAFE system in January. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Interim CEO Ron Gauci says the name change is a strategy to reach out to Europe and Asia, rather than a rejection of the TAFE title. While … [Read more...]

Talking Heads

1 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… What does it take to make it in a creative industry?. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… This is the question being answered by a series of special guest speakers at Melbourne Polytechnic’s ‘Talking Heads’ industry discussion program. Each weekly talk provides insight from seasoned and successful professionals who have made their mark in the creative arts industry. The guest speakers include: Janice Chalmers – Gentleman’s Cutter for the Australian Ballet Mike Lewis – Head of Broadcast Operations at Network 10 Colleen Hewett – Renowned singer and actor Guy Gowan - 30+ years as a professional … [Read more...]

NMIT appoints an “interim” CEO

 7 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… NMIT has appointed the former CEO of National Rugby League Club, the Melbourne Storm,  as its "interim" CEO. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… John Gibbins, Chair of The Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE Board announced today that Ron Gauci has been appointed as the Institute’s Interim CEO. Gauci is described as "a highly respected executive who demonstrates extensive experience in leading change in a number of different business environments." He obviously specialises in difficult business environments. Most recently, Gauci was the CEO and Managing Director of NRL club, Melbourne Storm.  When … [Read more...]

NMIT ”sound”

The Australian   |    4 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Victorian TAFE North Melbourne Institute of Technology has confirmed it suffered a “significant” loss last year but says it remains in a “sound” financial position. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Victorian TAFE North Melbourne Institute of Technology has confirmed it suffered a “significant” loss last year but says it remains in a “sound” financial position with $280 million in assets and no debt. Last week NMIT surprised the sector with news that chief executive Andy Giddy had suddenly resigned to take up an unspecified academic posting elsewhere. The news came amid speculation NMIT … [Read more...]

NMIT statement on departure of CEO Andy Giddy

26 February 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… From the circumstances of Andy Giddy's departure and the tone of this statement, something is obviously seriously amiss at NMIT.  Speculation is that NMIT has gone from a relatively comfortable surplus in 2012 (about $6 million) to a burgeoning deficit in 2013.  NMIT budgeted for a deficit of $13 million for 2013, but, in the event, it may have been more than double that.  This is speculation: we have no independent, verifiable information concerning NMIT's current financial position.  Nevertheless, it is starting to seem something like that may be the case.  NMIT has a pretty strong balance sheet and ought to be able to … [Read more...]

Giddy quits

26 February 2014 Just weeks after the launch of NMIT's joint venture Melbourne Polytechnic at the former Prahran campus of Swinburne, NMIT CEO  Andrew (Andy) Giddy has suddenly resigned.   There's speculation that NMIT is in a parlous financial situation due to the  polytechnic project and declining enrolments.   SEE   NMIT statement on departure of CEO Andy Giddy Dr Andrew Giddy, CEO of Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, has stepped down by mutual agreement with the Board to take up a senior academic post elsewhere. … [Read more...]

Melbourne Polytechnic launched

20 February 2014 Australia’s newest tertiary education and training institution launched Situated on the site of the former Swinburne University Prahran campus, Melbourne Polytechnic is a new educational brand operated by parent Institute, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT). The Melbourne Polytechnic currently has around 80 programs on offer ranging from vocational certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas and a growing selection of higher education programs.  Students can choose from courses in design, visual arts, theatre arts, music performance, digital media, writing and editing, and photography plus studies in business, hospitality, beauty, community studies, and … [Read more...]