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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 slashes jobs

The Age | 24 June 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT), one of Victoria's biggest TAFEs will cut up to 170 teaching and administrative jobs, after reporting a loss of nearly $30 million and a fall in student enrolments  by more than 5000 in 2013 . ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… NMIT's interim chief executive Ron Gauci said he had been briefing staff on the changes. He said the range of redundancies, between 150 and 170, included positions that had already been cut this year. However, he declined to reveal how many job cuts had taken place to date. We haven't made any announcements. I've maintained a commitment to keep … [Read more...]

The Scan in May 2014 – top ten reads

VET in the Budget – the government’s statement 13 May 2014   |    The “tools for your trade payments” for apprentices will cease from 1 July 2014. It will be replaced immediately with a Trade Support Loans Program providing $439m over five years to provide apprentices with financial assistance up to $20K over a four year apprenticeship through a student loan repayment scheme. The Government will also establish an Industry Skills Fund to provide $470m over four years to support the training needs of small to medium enterprises that cannot be met by the national training system. Expenditure is budgeted to decline about 13% in 2014-15 over 2013-14 (from $1.67 billion … [Read more...]

The Scan # 148 13 March 2014

___________________________________________________________________________________________ Shake up for rental scheme 13 March 2014   |    The government has flagged a shake-up of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) in the wake of revelations the program has been manipulated to build student housing that is being let to wealthy foreign students. Two developers behind an 823-bed NRAS development in Sydney  tapped more than $80 million in subsidies to construct a building to be filled largely by international students. Universities have also snapped up thousands of NRAS incentives to build large blocks of studio accommodation that is often taken up by fee-paying international … [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...]

NMIT opens flash new building

NMIT News  |  16 July 2013 Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE’s (NMIT) new $24 million Preston campus teaching and learning facility has been officially opened. The new facility is home to a wide range of TAFE and higher education programs from Education (Early Years), Building and Construction, Interior Decoration, Engineering Drafting, Interior Decoration, Business, Accounting, Children’s Services, VCAL, Spoken and Written English and much and more. With three levels of floor space providing 5,700 square metres of new space, the building includes 27 classrooms, each with seating capacity of between 30 and 40 students and a lecture theatre with video facilities, podium and … [Read more...]

Excuses for heavy-handed TAFE sackings don’t hold up

The Conversation    |     3 April 2013 I was having coffee on the eve of Good Friday (28 March) with a TAFE person to discuss the House of Representatives inquiry into TAFE when our phones “beeped” more or less at the same time.  The messengers were different but the message was the same: the Victorian government had just sacked 7 of the chairs of its 14 standalone TAFEs and 2 more were to “retire”. One expects phones were “beeping” all over the place with the same message. Within an hour, I’d posted the basics to  The Scan and the story was posted on the online sites of mainstream media (ABC, News and Fairfax). So not very long after the announcement of the sackings, most people … [Read more...]