In this edition

  • New study finds key to success for disadvantaged VET students
  • Skills and training in focus at ASEAN-Australia Special Summit
  • TAFE NSW leads the way with trial of higher level apprenticeships
  • New Victorian training award to recognise disability
  • WorldSkills unveils skills expo to encourage VET choices
  • AFL stars promote the benefits of VET
  • ASQA recruiting for regulatory positions
  • Diary

New study finds key to success for disadvantaged VET students

New research has identified some of the critical strategies being used by training providers in regional Australia that are producing exceptional results for disadvantaged learners.

The study from the National Centre or Vocational Education Research (NCVER) finds that training providers in high-performing regions adopt a number of strategies including using community member programs and partnerships, co-locating education and training with other community services, delivering programs in community settings, and building relationships with local employers to help learners gain work experience.

“The case studies of TAFE providers in regions where disadvantaged groups have high rates of participation and completion reveal many useful strategies,” the study says.

It includes eight case studies with extensive involvement of TAFE in the Bendigo and Shepparton regions in Victoria; Perth, and the ‘Great South West’ in Western Australia; the Huon in Southern Tasmania; the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia; Rocklea – Acacia Ridge in Queensland; and Lithgow – Mudgee in NSW.

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Skills and training in focus at ASEAN-Australia Special Summit

The recent AEAN-Australia Special Summit saw leaders discuss the challenges related to increased movement of workers across borders, and workforce planning and skills gaps in critical industry sectors, leading to the announcement of the ASEAN-Australia Infrastructure Skills Dialogue.

The dialogue, to be hosted by Australia and held in the region in the second half of this year, will bring together ASEAN and Australian industry, government and TVET sector representative to discuss skills challenges facing the region and best practice in engaging industry in skills development.

The long-term objective of the proposal is for ASEAN and Australia to further regional cooperation through sharing expertise in developing occupational standards that meet industry skills needs, and build on previous work undertaken in this field. The dialogue will also seek to create partnerships between industry and government, and provide TVET training programs that are responsive to the diverse needs of enterprises across the region.

Skills were further on show during the Special Summit, with TAFE NSW hosting a site visit from the Vietnamese Skills Minister Dao Ngoc Dung, where he outlined the challenges facing Vietnam in skills development, and sought commitments to grow the partnership between Australian and Vietnam.

Following the special summit, ASEAN and Australian education leaders gathered in Malaysia for the ASEAN Australia Education Dialogue: Building Regional Connectivity and Partnerships, where skills and training were on show once again.

At the dialogue, TVET experts from across the region, including a number of Australian TAFEs, took time to workshop common issues, including the need for common competencies and frameworks, the role of industry at all levels of development, and improving the perception of training programs.  Workshop participants also developed practical initiatives for these challenges, which will be shared with organisers of the ASEAN-Australia Infrastructure Skills Dialogue.

TAFE NSW leads the way with trial of higher level apprenticeships

A partnership between TAFE NSW and industry to create apprenticeships in professional roles is part of a shakeup aimed at revitalising the apprenticeship system.

TAFE NSW managing director Jon Black told the Financial Review that it reflects the kind of shift he believes is needed to future-proof Australia’s workforce.

“People don’t necessarily want to do a long course before moving into employment, and if we give them an opportunity to step through stacked skills over time, they become highly engaged in the workforce,” he said.

“When skills change the worker can change and the employer can too.”

TAFE launched the higher apprenticeships in partnership with PwC Australia last year as part of a pilot program that gives school leavers paid traineeships leading to employment with the consulting firm.

It’s modelled on a successful program in Britain, and has seen seen 17 employees get on-the-job training and a pathway into professional life without a degree.

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New Victorian training award to recognise disability

The Victorian government has added a new category to the 2018 Victorian Training Awards to recognise training providers with an outstanding record of delivering training to students with a disability.

The Victorian Inclusive Training Provider of the Year Award will be presented for the first time at the awards in Melbourne later this year.

The Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney said the award is open to all TAFEs and private colleges across Melbourne and regional Victoria that have brought in innovative changes to support the achievement, engagement and wellbeing of students with additional needs.

Applications for the 2018 Victorian Training Awards close 2 April.

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WorldSkills unveils skills expo to encourage VET choices

WorldSkills Australia has announced details of its Skills Pathway Expo which will provide a host of resources for students, parents and careers advisers.

To be held in Sydney in June, it will be part of Skills Show Australia 2018, where some 400 apprentices and trainees will compete in 50 skills at the WorldSkills Australia National Championships.

The expo will demonstrate the diversity of VET choice and the breadth of training providers available for students across a variety of skills and trades.

WorldSkills Australia CEO Brett Judd said the expo would play a major role in raising the profile of skills.

“The main goal for us is to promote skills excellence and demonstrate the importance of VET as a pathway for young people to consider,” he said.

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AFL stars promote the benefits of VET

A representative from each AFL club will champion the benefits of VET during the current season, as part of a partnership between AFL SportsReady and the federal government.

The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews was at AFL SportsReady headquarters for the launch of a series of videos to coincide with the 18 games during the season.

The first video, coinciding with the opening round clash between Richmond and Carlton, featured Richmond’s Kane Lambert who is studying a Certificate IV in Business and a Diploma of Sport Development.

The videos will be available through social media and the AFL SportsReady website.

“Footy fans from all over Australia will be inspired by their AFL heroes’ personal success stories which exemplify the diverse range of opportunities available through VET,” Ms Andrews said.

ASQA recruiting for regulatory positions

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is seeking to recruit people to fill two positions in its regulatory operations.

It is seeking at person to serve as the Lead Regulatory Officer, based in Sydney.

It is also hiring a Regulatory Support Officer, based in Sydney.

Applicants can apply through the ASQA website until 5 April.

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Diary Dates

Good practice in VET institutional policy workshop
24 April, 2018
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VET Practitioner Research Conference
AVETRA, VET Development Centre, and Victorian TAFE Assoc.
26-27 April 2018
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VET CEO Conference
Velg Training
18 May 2018
Hilton Brisbane
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Skills Show Australia 2018
WorldSkills Australia
2-4 June 2018
International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney
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Skills Pathway Expo
Velg Training
2 – 4 June 2018
International Convention Centre Sydney
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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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2018 Skills Conference
Apprentice Employment Network, NSW & ACT
14 June 2018
Dockside Darling Harbour, Sydney
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2018 UNEVOC TVET Leadership Programme
25 June – 6 July 2018
Bonn, Germany
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National Manufacturing Summit 2018
26 June, 2018
Parliament House, Canberra
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QLD Schools VET Conference
Velg Training
10 August 2018
Hilton Brisbane
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No Frills – Skills for a global future
NCVER & New Zealand’s Ako Aotearoa and Industry Training Federation
15-17 August 2018
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Victorian TAFE Association State Conference
‘TAFE: Dynamic, Connected, Invigorated’
16-17 August 2018
RACV City Club, 501 Bourke Street, Melbourne
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National Skills Week 2018
27 August – 2 September 2018
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2018 VDC Teaching & Learning Conference
6 – 7 September 2018
RACV Torquay Resort, Victoria
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National VET Conference
Velg Training
13 – 14 September 2018
Adelaide Convention Centre
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2018 World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) World Congress (in conjunction with TDA National Conference)
8-10 October 2018
Melbourne Convention Centre
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