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TAFE SA joins in shipbuilding skills program

TAFE SA has signed an agreement with one of the world’s largest shipbuilders to develop a joint learning and skills development program.

TAFE SA signed the MoU with Italian shipbuilder, Fincantieri – one of three companies vying for the federal government’s $35 billion Future Frigate program – and its subsidiary, Cetena, which undertakes research and consultancy.

The three parties will collaborate on projects to identify existing and future shipyard competency needs including qualifications and workforce development.

TAFE SA Chief Executive Robin Murt said the Future Frigates program and the broader National Shipbuilding Enterprise provide unprecedented opportunities for South Australians to embark on lifelong careers in shipbuilding.

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Canberra man fined for issuing fake qualifications

A man who issued seven vocational education and training (VET) statements of attainment despite not being authorised to do so has been convicted and fined $3000 in the ACT Magistrates Court, following an investigation by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

In November 2015 Paul Purcell delivered a housekeeping training course as a pre-employment program to jobseekers in Canberra. He later signed seven documents which purported to be VET statements of attainment.

The Chief Commissioner of ASQA, Mark Paterson said the organisation conducted an investigation about the statements of attainment following a complaint.

Mr Purcell pleaded guilty to all seven offences and was convicted and fined.

China’s VET leaders look to Australia as reform gathers pace

A  visit to Australia by China’s Central Institute for Vocational and Technical Education (CIVTE) has highlighted significant reform being undertaken in China’s vocational education and training system – reform which is important for Australian TAFEs with an eye to China.

CIVTE is a public institution under the guidance of the Chinese Ministry of Education, and is the only national body responsible for TVET research, including data collection used by the Ministry to inform VET system reform.

In 2016, over 46 million students engaged in training in China, supported by well over 1.5 million teachers and trainers.

CIVTE representatives travelled to Australia and New Zealand in late September. The focus was to understand how quality mechanisms are applied in Australia’s VET system at national and institution level, as well as to observe industry connections.

CIVTE visited NCVER, TAFE NSW, TAFE Directors Australia and PwC’s Skills for Australia.

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The CIVTE delegation, headed by Mr Liu Baomin, Vice Director General (second, left), with Jen Bahen, Director of International Education at TDA (third, left).

Skills adviser positions available in Solomon Islands

Positions for skills advisers are available in the Solomon Islands.

The vacancies are associated with the Skills for Economic Growth (S4EG) program, which is run by the Australian government and aims to build the capacity of the Solomon Islands’ vocational education sector.

All the positions commence next February. Ten-month contracts are available to advisers with expertise in Automotive (Light Vehicles) Trades; Electrical Trades; Construction/Carpentry and Joinery Trades; Plumbing Trades; and Curriculum Development.

Contracts for 180 days over the period from February to November 2018 are available for advisers with expertise in Automotive (Heavy Vehicles) Trades; Business Studies; Agribusiness; Tourism and Hospitality.

For more information, contact, Sarah Cox, Talent Manager, APAC at Palladium by email; or phone (07) 3025 8548

William Angliss chewing over gastronomy institute

Victoria’s William Angliss Institute is a member of a group exploring the possibility of an institute of gastronomy that would become a hub for farmers, fine food producers and entrepreneurs.

The process has been kickstarted with a $100,000 grant from the Victorian government, $20,000 from regional Development Australia, and the support of Ms Alla Wolf-Tasker AM, Co-Owner and Culinary Director of the Lake House in Daylesford.

William Angliss Institute is contributing $30,000 and will provide expert input on skills, business development and potential operating models.

William Angliss Institute CEO Nicholas Hunt said that while it is early in the process, the institute has the potential to showcase global expertise and best practice for specialist foods and agri-business.

‘Nudge theory’ being used to boost apprentice numbers

The NSW government is trialling a novel approach to boosting the number of apprentices through the use of ‘nudge theory’

Nudge theory is a branch of behavioural science that aims to change behaviour through subtle interventions, and has been used to increase the number of organ donors, improve the payment of fines, and raise return-to-work rates.

The Behavioural Insights Unit in the NSW Department of Premier & Cabinet, and Training Services NSW have recently been testing the theory to lift apprentice rates in the state.

The Regional Manager of Training Services at the NSW Department of Industry, Derek Hennessy, will be outlining the program at the National Apprentice Employment Conference in Sydney, 1 – 3 November.

Policy heavyweights to discuss TAFE’s future

The Australian Education Union (AEU) is holding a national TAFE conference in Sydney on Friday 20 October.

The purpose is to initiate discussion and debate around the future of TAFE and the importance of developing new public policy in the sector.

Speakers include Professor Leesa Wheelahan (University of Toronto); Dr Jim Stanford (Centre for Future Work); Professor John Buchanan (University of Sydney Business School); Professor Valerie Braithwaite (ANU); Professor Anne Jones (Victoria University) and John Pardy (Monash University).

The conference will bring together academics, researchers, policy makers, teachers and unions and will be a contribution to the development of new social policy in this crucial sector of Australian education.  Tickets, registration and further details are available here.
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TAFE to detail STEM skills for defence

TAFE’s role in helping to build defence industry skills will be a feature of the  ‘STEM in Defence Summit’ in Canberra in November.

TAFE SA CEO Robin Murt will outline the work of TAFE and the Department of Defence in creating pathways for VET students to enter the defence sector.

The Defence department will provide detail around the development of its first STEM strategy, and how it will fit with Australia’s strategic priorities and the broader education sector.
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Diary Dates

2017 International Aid Business Opportunity Seminars

9 – 13 October 2017
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Australian International Education Conference (AIEC)
10 – 13 October 2017
Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania
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AUSTAFE National Conference
Turning Together for Success
11 – 13 October 2017
TAFE Queensland, Brisbane
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The Future of Public TAFE Institutions
Australian Education Union
20 October 2017
NSW Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Surry Hills, NSW
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OctoberVET 2017
AVETRA (Australian Vocational Education And Training Research Association)
October & November 2017
Victoria, NSW & Western Australia
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Chinese Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE)
Annual Conference

19 – 22 October 2017
Beijing, China
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International Australasian Campuses Towards Sustainability (ACTS) Conference
THINK BIG for Global Goals
1 – 3 November 2017
RMIT University, Victoria
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National Apprentice Employment Network
National Conference
1 – 3 November 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, Sydney
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Australian Training Awards
23 November 2017
National Convention Centre, Canberra
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STEM in Defence Summit
Australian Defence Magazine

30 November 2017
Hyatt Hotel, Canberra
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Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group (ACDEVEG) 
VET Teaching and VET Teacher Education Conference
7 & 8 December 2017
TAFE Queensland, Southbank Campus
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