December 18 2014 – smallprint December 2014 newsletter

Season’s greetings from the team at smallprint Click here or on the image to view our Christmas message.   Festive season trading Our last day of business will be Wednesday 24 December, returning to the office on Monday 5 January. Please ensure all orders for the New Year are submitted as quickly as possible, so we can guarantee they will be waiting for you after the break.

Reminder: Training Packages Discussion Papers consultation open

The Minister for Industry, the Hon Ian Macfarlane MP released two discussion papers for consultation on 31 October 2014. View media release. Training Package Development – Towards a Contestable Model Consultation open from 31 October 2014 to 24 December 2014. Review of Training Packages and Accredited Courses Consultation open from 31 October 2014 to 18 February 2015. Feedback can also be provided through the VET Reform LinkedIn Group.

Blog post: Keeping up to date with Training Package ISC changes

Struggle to keep up with Training Package ISC changes? Our latest blog covers why changes are made, how to keep informed and what this means for your training resources. Read blog now Contribute to the discussion on our LinkedIn page

Senate inquiry into Vocational Education and Training

The Education and Employment References Committee will act on a Senate referral for inquiry into the operation, regulation and funding of private vocational education and training (VET) providers in Australia. The inquiry and report is to be completed by 10 August 2015. Submissions are now open and should be received by 13 February 2015.

WA state government investing $17 million for VET in schools

Education Minister Peter Collier has announced a $17 million funding package for Vocational Education and Training (VET) in public secondary schools in 2015 – a 51 per cent increase on 2014 funding. This funding is part of WA’s Bigger Picture Education Program. View media statement

NCVER Statistical report – June quarter

NCVER latest statistical report shows the number of apprentices and trainees in-training throughout Australia as at 30 June 2014 was 351 000, a decrease of 14.2% from 30 June 2013. The report also compares commencements, completions, and cancellations and withdrawals to the previous year, and shows a decline in these areas. Data is also available broken down for states and territories. See NCVER report

NCVER student outcomes survey

Results of the student outcomes survey for students who completed their vocational education during 2013 are now available. The survey focused on student employment outcomes and satisfaction with VET in Australia. Information about the level and type of training students undertake, further study patterns and reasons for not continuing with the training (where applicable) is also collected. See NCVER report

‘No Frills’ calls for conference papers

NCVER is seeking presentations covering the 3 key areas vital to developing the VET system and meeting future skills demand: Youth: engaging, inspiring and supporting students to realise their potential Pathways: transitioning through education and training into the workforce Skills: working with industry and employers to improve education and training Submissions due by 16 Feb 2015 Find out more

NSW ‘Made by TAFE’ campaign

TAFE NSW has launched a new campaign aimed at highlighting the value of TAFE NSW qualifications. The ‘Made by TAFE NSW’ campaign places a quality stamp on TAFE training for a better future. A series of ambassadors have been selected to share their stories and inspire students. View the campaign

Victorian Labor to ‘save’ TAFE

The Victorian Labor party won last month’s state election; one of Labours key campaign focuses was a $320 million TAFE Rescue fund. Premier Daniel Andrews has allocated $100 million to re-build and re-open TAFE campuses. See media release