How applied research can support Australia’s post-COVID economic recovery

Applied Research. You hear it talked about often enough in circles of learned individuals. But what does it actually mean? Who does it and why? And why does Australia need it now more than ever for its post-COVID economic recovery? TDA has teamed up with Cisco-Optus to produce SMEs and TAFEs Collaborating through Applied Research for Growth to answer these questions.

Cooperation between Australian TAFEs and Indonesia: Free webinars on skills development in tourism and creative industries sector post-COVID

TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) is hosting two webinars showcasing Australian-Indonesian collaboration on skills development in the tourism and hospitality sector and in the creative industries sector.
Each webinar will include two case studies of existing collaborations and will also explore new areas of cooperation between Australian and Indonesian institutions in view of the challenges posed to these sectors by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The webinars will be of interest to public and private training providers, industry representatives, Indonesian Government representatives, bilateral and multilateral organisations and anyone interested in TVET and skills development in tourism, hospitality and the creative industries in Indonesia.
Further information including the links for registration is provided below.

International Student of the Year – SuniTAFE

Recognising individual and team achievements is an important part of the student experience at any TAFE. As we near the end of 2020, the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is timely to celebrate the students who have ‘made it’ through.

Proposed amendments to the ESOS Act – what will they mean in practice?

International students wanting to take up work opportunities often need formal training of some form which falls outside of the primary course they are enrolled in and it risks contravening existing obligations under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act). The Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) is proposing amendments so students can take up these supplementary courses by changing the current regulation. It sounds sensible, however, could there be flow-on implications for providers and students? TDA supports the intent of the proposed amendments but also highlights some potential unintended risks.

TAFE NSW accelerates Volvo apprentices

With increased government funding for apprenticeships and traineeships in response to the COVID-19 recovery, timing is right for employers and TAFEs to work together and increase the number of apprentices and trainees. For example, TAFE NSW has recently partnered with MSX International as the national training provider for Volvo apprentices.