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The Scan 28 June 2016 #181

Apprentice numbers slump 28 June 2016    |     The number of apprentices across Australia has plunged since the Coalition took office, government figures show, with some of the steepest falls occurring in high-unemployment marginal seats still up for grabs at Saturday's election.  Western Sydney has lost 10,642 apprentices and western Melbourne 4782, while the national total fell 28 per cent from 383,562 to 278,583, between December 2013 and December last year, documents obtained under Freedom of Information and NCVER data reveal.  Labor claims the falling take up of apprenticeships is a direct result of the $1 billion stripped from trades support programs since the change of government, … [Read more...]

The year to date

11 March 2016 There’s a lot to catch up with but, as they say, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose (which is, according to the estimable Wiktionary, an epigram by Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr in the January 1849 issue of his journal Les Guêpes (“The Wasps”), meaning “the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing.”)  VET FEE-HELP   As previously reported, changes to the VET FEE-HELP (VFH)  scheme legislated late last year provides some better protection of students from the carpetbaggers who have looted the scheme and dudded the students.  The government proposes to spend this year look at ways to rort-proof it from the likes of Phoenix.  But as so many people have asked: how … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 27 July 2015

COAG lays groundwork for Commonwealth takeover of VET Federal and state leaders have agreed to consider a proposal to shift responsibility for vocational education and training (VET) from the states to the Commonwealth. Last week’s COAG leaders retreat in Sydney, comprising the Prime Minister, state premiers and chief ministers issued a Communiqué outlining plans to consider a historic change in VET governance. “Leaders agreed to consider a shift in responsibility for VET to the Commonwealth provided States and Territories could elect to remain TAFE providers within a national system,” the Communiqué said. At a news conference, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill said: “We've … [Read more...]

Vacancy for Policy Director at TDA

An opportunity will shortly become available at TDA in the role of Director, Policy. This full time position may be located in either Sydney or Canberra (negotiable). As an initial step, please contact Member Services on email: memberservices@tda.edu.au or phone 02 9217 3180 to obtain a Candidate Information Package. Applications close  Friday, 6 February 2015. … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 2 February 2015

Surprise Queensland election result puts TAFE in the spotlight The Queensland Labor Opposition’s promise to rescue the TAFE sector will now come into sharper focus following the LNP’s surprise setback in the weekend state election. During the election campaign, Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk made a number of commitments to address the vocational educational and training system, including: $34 million over three years to create up to 100 TAFE teaching and support positions, fund new training schemes in emerging industries, invest in student support services and subsidise foundation skills course for disadvantaged learners. $240 million over four years to fund industry and … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 29 September 2014

COAG skills ministers launch VET Hotline, new industry body and reform steps Federal state and territory training Ministers meeting at the COAG Industry and Skills Council meeting in Adelaide, Friday announced a consumer hotline to “streamline and simplify the reporting of complaints.” The Commonwealth will lead the hotline initiative, and the Ministers’ Communique explained the process was a mechanism to step-up action against poor quality providers. In addition, Ministers will establish the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.  The meeting agreed to Terms of Reference, functions and structure of the new group, which will be an industry-led body that provides advice on the … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 9 June 2014

Red tape slashed for training packages The Minister for Industry Ian Macfarlane has taken the knife to regulation of training packages, making it easier to implement minor changes and removing fees for simple alterations. From July 1, when a training package qualification is changed, but the vocational outcome remains the same, training providers will no longer need to apply to their regulator or pay a fee to update their registration. The Minister described it as the “first in a series” of changes to reduce red tape in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. “This is a common sense approach developed as a direct result of listening to industry and training providers and … [Read more...]

New CEO at Box Hill Institute

5 June 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Mr Norman Gray AM has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of Box Hill Institute and the Centre for Adult Education. He will take up the position on 14 July. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Mr Gray is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Network Operations of Public Transport Victoria, a State Statutory Authority. In this role he is accountable for the business relationship with, and performance of, all contracted public transport operators in Victoria. He joined Public Transport Victoria, after resigning from the role of Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Thales … [Read more...]

Qld TAFEs’ new executive

TDA Newsletter    |     26 May 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Chief Executive Officer of TAFE Queensland, Jodi Schmidt has announced the appointment of six General Managers: TAFE Queensland Brisbane, General Manager Aaron Devine TAFE Queensland North, General Manager Joann Pyne TAFE Queensland South West, General Manager Trevor Schwenke TAFE Queensland SkillsTech, General Manager Mary Campbell TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, General Manager Jenny Dodd TAFE Queensland East Coast, General Manager Paul Wilson. The new General Manager for TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, Jenny Dodd, is currently the Deputy Chief Executive of Canberra Institute of Technology and has … [Read more...]