In this edition

Australia and Pakistan extend their partnership on skills training

Australia is playing a key role in assisting Pakistan to enhance its capacity in technical and vocational education and training (TVET), with high-level meetings over recent weeks.
A delegation from Queensland University of Technology is visiting Islamabad to provide training for Pakistani TVET professionals, following a recent three-week course in Australia to develop Pakistan’s TVET capability.
It follows a visit by TDA Chief Executive Craig Robertson to Islamabad at the invitation of National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) Executive Director, Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema to attend the National Skills Competition.
TDA signed an MoU with Pakistan on TVET cooperation in July, as the two countries forge a closer partnership, exchanging ideas and information that will strengthen Pakistan’s TVET capability.
See an article in the Pakistan Observer

‘Nudge theory’ shows promise in NSW apprentice trial

There are early promising signs from a NSW government program that is trialling the use of ‘nudge theory’ to lift the rate of apprentice completions in the state.

The Behavioural Insights Unit in the Department of Premier and Cabinet has been working with Training Services NSW on a pilot program that targets both apprentices and their employers with questions, emails and SMS prompts.
Nudge theory is a relatively new approach that uses subtle interventions to change behaviour, and has been used successfully in areas such as health and crime. In NSW, the completion rate for apprentices is 54%, and most drop out in the first year.

The trial  involved a series of interventions to explain roles, challenges and obligations to both apprentices and employers, followed by personalised follow-up messages at regular intervals. Field work finished in March and results showing the impact on completion rates is due in April next year.
Dr Jenny Chalmers, a data analyst with the Behavioural Insights Unit told the National Apprentice Employment Conference that, to date, the results are “promising”.
Derek Hennessy, Regional Manager at Training Services NSW said that, if successful, the approach could be customised to particular industries or scaled up to apply across the state.

Victoria seeking support services for apprentices and trainees

Victoria’s training regulator, the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) is seeking providers who can deliver support services for the state’s apprentices and trainees.
VRQA has published an invitation for Expressions of Interest for the Provision of Regulatory Field Services to support apprentices and trainees.
VRQA says that since the services cover a diverse range of skills and capabilities, it wants to encourage a range of industries to consider responding, “including those industries that may not consider themselves as typical suppliers” of such services.
See details of EOI.

Education providers invited to participate in Austrade Philippines skills mission

Australian education providers have an opportunity to provide technical assistance in project preparation, sector studies, economic research studies and training, through an upcoming skills mission to the Philippines.

Austrade Manila is organising an international aid opportunity for Australia, called the “Austrade Education and Consulting Firms Mission to the ADB Skills Forum” on 12-14 December 2017.
Australia is a founding member of the ADB (Asian Development Bank) and is currently represented on the board and in its executive.
In 2016, Australia was the third largest contractor in the ADB in terms of providing services to project loans, grants and technical assistance, having been awarded 14 contracts valued at US$8.86 million, behind the US and the UK.
Delegates will learn about the latest project and business opportunities from ADB-funded development programs, and will have briefings and networking opportunities with ADB officers and key local and international stakeholders

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Victoria announces funding to improve the welfare of international students

The Victorian government has announced 14 new projects worth $337,000 to help the state’s international students through the International Student Welfare Program.

The projects include cricket matches, legal education seminars and cultural celebrations designed to address areas including student wellbeing and mental health, safety and community engagement.
One of the key projects is a $75,000 grant for Inner Melbourne Community Legal to provide legal support for international students studying at universities, TAFEs and private education providers.
The funding will go towards delivering legal education that will help nearly 600 newly arrived international students with important issues like practical legal knowledge, personal safety and common legal issues.

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Expressions of interest in entrepreneurial skills mission to Chile

As a UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre, TDA is seeking expressions of interest for members to represent Australia at a UNEVOC forum being hosted in Santiago, Chile from December 5-7, which aims to discuss and compare practices for developing entrepreneurial skills in VET.
The meeting is expected to be attended by up to 25 participants from as many as ten countries, and aims to:

  • Identify and discuss different ways through which entrepreneurial skills are mainstreamed in TVET policies and programs;
  • Share country experiences and challenges faced;
  • Examine the role of TVET teachers and implication on TVET teacher training;
  • Elaborate the analytical framework for the country case studies to be conducted in selected countries in 2018.

For information, please contact André Diez de Aux at TDA:

Thousands of students and academics selected for international scholarships

The federal government has announced the successful recipients who will be supported to study and undertake research overseas under two programs.

Approximately 3,400 students and academics have been selected under the Endeavour Mobility Grants, and the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships programs.
Under the Endeavour Mobility Grants program, 62 tertiary institutions will be offered funding to support more than 2500 students across 66 locations around the world, and for over 200 international students to study in Australia.
Under the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships program, almost 700 students will be given the opportunity to study abroad.

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Local organisations invited to participate in Kiribati skills project

Education providers and consultants have been invited to participate in a tender to further develop technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Kiribati.

The project management company, Scope Global has invited organisations to tender to participate in the Kiribati Facility through a prequalified supplier panel.

The Kiribati Facility is an Australian aid investment program managed by Scope Global on behalf of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and includes support for the the Kiribati Institute of Technology.
The consultancy will have a particular focus on increasing the Kiribati Institute of Technology’s local academic and administration staff competencies, including the provision of accredited and non-accredited TVET course delivery, support for the institute’s local capacity development needs, and support mechanisms to develop domestic and international labour mobility training programs.

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Australian Institute of Training and Development joins with EduTECH for 2018 national conference

The Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD) has announced that its national conference will be held in partnership with EduTECH, 7-8 June 2018 in Sydney.

AITD CEO Naomi Dinnen said that the partnership with EduTECH would allow delegates an unprecedented opportunity to build networks and connect with a wider audience.

“It will give members and delegates exposure to some of the most advanced technologies and practices, as well as world-renowned speakers.”

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Diary Dates

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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2017 Asian Development Bank Skills Forum Mission
11-14 December 2017
Manila, Philippines
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Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD)
National Conference

7 – 8 June 2018
International Convention Centre, Sydney
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VET Practitioner Research Conference
AVETRA, VET Development Centre, and Victorian TAFE Assoc.
26 & 27 April 2018
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