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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 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 601, 27 April 2015

  In Focus This week sees a very different focus ACPET undoubtedly has taken a strong position regarding the quality of our members and the importance of private tertiary education. We are passionate supporters of a quality tertiary education sector. While it is always difficult to spot whether we are making a difference, I get the sense it just might be. Last week I attended the Australia Japan Business Spotlight VET Showcase Mission in Japan. The event was introduced by Bruce Gosper, CEO Austrade, the Ambassador to Japan His Excellency Bruce Miller and the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 600, 20 April 2015

In Focus This week a different angle Edition 600, 20 Apr This week I have the honour of leading the sector in the Australia-Japan Business Spotlight VET Showcase Mission in Japan. The event is an opportunity to position the industry in its engagement with Japan, as it looks to develop a genuine skills agenda to meet the growing skills needs of its own economy. Being selected as the keynote speaker is a very positive reflection on the enormous commitment ACPET has invested in building and improving the quality element of our sector. The Showcase’s predominant day will also see significant contributions from the Ambassador to Japan, His Excellency Bruce Miller, Mr Bruce … [Read more...]

National Monday Update 30 March 2015

  In Focus Responsibility We live in a troubled world. Education of course is the pathway to everyone’s future. Year 12 completion plus a tertiary level qualification is a key to employability and improved earnings. This fact places enormous responsibility on all of us charged with developing policy, designing funding systems, delivering qualifications and regulating quality. As I mentioned last week, if all of these elements don’t work together, the system can let down those relying on us. This we just cannot allow – education is far too important. I am forever amazed at the passion and quality of the many colleges I now visit, and of the real … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 593 2 March 2015

In Focus A time to reflect, and yet be very clear on what we are doing on your behalf As many of you may be aware, there was a media report last week that was critical of a member of ACPET. Be assured that the Board of ACPET takes such matters very seriously and has responded in a number or ways. The provider has been asked to provide a response to the allegations that were made. The provider has been asked to provide a response to the allegations that were made. Although we are concerned about these allegations and are pleased that any such rorts are brought to our attention (so that action can be taken), it would be preferable to be able to eradicate this sort of … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 16 February 2015

In Focus One can only watch the comings and goings of the Senate and wonder One can only watch the comings and goings of the Senate and wonder. The Higher Education Reform agenda continues at a merry pace. We have spent a lot of time in the last week engaging in the debate. Our arguments for reform remain the need to address the inequity for students at non-university providers, but also the need to grow participation and quality programs. Our providers can play an enormous role in the future of higher education in Australia. Let’s hope we get that opportunity. To help please talk to your students. We need each and every one of them to understand that they will … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition No. 580 17 November 2014

In Focus Another week beckons for the tertiary education sector Edition 580, 17 Nov The higher education reforms before the Senate remain a key focus for ACPET and its members. The Australian Financial Review Higher Education Reform saw plenty of commentary and it was pleasing to see significant support for the package of reforms, including enabling access for private higher education providers. There was recognition that by ensuring private providers get access to the Commonwealth Grant Scheme, even at reduced rates [compared with] universities, students will receive significant benefits through access to quality courses at substantially lower prices....Read … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update, Edition 579, 10 November 2014

In Focus Edition 579, 10 Nov Our sector is undoubtedly in the middle of one of the largest debates in our history. The proposed higher education reforms, VET Fee Help growth, contestability and its variances and of course the general debate regarding quality are all creating a significant discussion about the merits of private tertiary education providers. As you are aware, ACPET is strongly committed to a quality tertiary education sector. We have met with key stakeholders to address the issue of poor quality and are committed to see such providers eliminated from the sector.  Poor outcomes are without question undermining the confidence in what our members actually do very well – … [Read more...]