In this edition
- Less than a month for proposal submissions for the WFCP 2018 World Congress
- Concern over skills funding after foreign work visas nosedive
- ASQA cancels security industry qualifications
- Senior officer wanted for Afghanistan training program
- Diary Dates
Less than a month for proposal submissions for the WFCP 2018 World Congress
In October, the global TVET community will turn its eyes to Australia as host of the 2018 Congress of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP), encompassing the annual TDA Convention.
Now is your chance to help shape the solutions to ‘Preparing for the Skills Future, Now’.
Abstract submissions close in less than a month on February 19. We have already received speaker proposals from Australia, Brazil, China, Vietnam and the USA. We welcome your contribution to the global conversation on the future of skills and training.
Is your organisation demonstrating cutting edge practice in preparing people or training institutions for the changing world of work? Click here for further information on how to submit your proposal.
Themes for congress break-out sessions are:
- The changing nature of work
- The future of professional and technical teaching and learning
- The future for colleges and polytechnics
- Ensuring no one is left behind
Congress registration is also now open. To express your interest, book an exhibition booth or to register click here.
Concern over skills funding after foreign work visas nosedive
The number of foreign workers brought in to meet local skills needs fell sharply in the final months of last year, raising a question over the planned funding of the federal government’s new Skilling Australians Fund.
New research by the Australian National University’s Henry Sherrell, published by the Parliamentary Library shows that following the government’s crackdown on the 457 visa program last April, the number of primary visas granted for sponsored workers fell 36 per cent in the September quarter.
“In fact, the number of visas granted from July to September 2017 (8,264) was lower than from July to September 2009 (8,580), in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis,” the research paper says.
Starting in March, employers who bring in foreign workers will be levied a fee which will be the main source of funding for the new $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund – aimed at creating 300,000 apprenticeships over four years.
But the ANU research suggests that last year’s policy tightening, designed to limit employer use of skilled visas “may have had an immediate and substantive effect.”
It says that the new employer training levy on foreign workers, as well as a requirement for at least two years’ work experience, may further reduce demand for skilled visas.
See ‘Early squeeze on foreign workers’ in the Sydney Morning Herald
ASQA cancels security industry qualifications
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) plans to cancel sham security qualifications issued by the de-registered training provider Sage Academy Training.
ASQA cancelled Sage Academy’s registration in 2017 due to critical non-compliance, saying that it issued qualifications and statements of attainment without providing legitimate training and assessment.
ASQA now plans to cancel the qualifications and statements of attainment issued by Sage and is attempting to contact all students affected.
“The cancellation of the qualifications and/or statements of attainment is not automatic – individuals have the opportunity to submit evidence and information to ASQA as to why their qualifications should not be cancelled,” ASQA said.
Senior officer wanted for Afghanistan training program
An international aid program, Australia Awards South and West Asia, managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, is seeking a Senior Program Officer with responsibility for Afghanistan.
The person will be responsible for designing short courses and short-term activities, alumni engagement, public diplomacy, and financial management.
Based in Adelaide, the position is offered on a fixed term contract until January 2020 and will be part time for the first six months.
There is also a position for a Short-Term Activities Manager to join the South West Asia Team, also based in Adelaide.
The Australia Awards program is administered by specialist project management company Scope Global.
Eurasia Higher Education Summit
14-16 February 2018
ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue
21-23 March 2018
VET Practitioner Research Conference
AVETRA, VET Development Centre, and Victorian TAFE Assoc.
26-27 April 2018
Skills Show Australia 2018
2-4 June 2018
International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD)
7- 8 June 2018
International Convention Centre, Sydney
2018 Skills Conference
Apprentice Employment Network, NSW & ACT
14 June 2018
Dockside Darling Harbour, Sydney
No Frills – Skills for a global future
NCVER & New Zealand’s Ako Aotearoa and Industry Training Federation
15-17 August 2018
2018 World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) World Congress (in conjunction with TDA National Conference)
8-10 October 2018
Melbourne Convention Centre