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It’s been a big week to end a big year – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

During the last week the details of the new Industry Clusters were released, the ALP launched its election policies that included free TAFE, and the Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, and Acting Minister for Education and Youth, Stuart Robert highlighted funding for microcredentials, albeit to bring universities and industry together. It was a big week.

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Continuing the integration story – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

NCVER’s recent research by Steven Hodge and Elizabeth Knight, The best of both worlds? Integrating VET and higher education, provides very useful reflection about integrating VET and higher education. It comes at a time when the Industry Cluster information for preparation of EOIs has now been released. As part of their remit, industry clusters will need to consider how to embrace higher education as well as VET in their end-to-end workforce solutions.

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Competency achievement through co-design – comment by Jenny Dodd

Last Wednesday TAFETalks was very pleased to hear from Dr Gavin Lind, from Australian Minerals and Energy Skills Alliance Limited and Michelle Hoad Managing Director, North Metropolitan TAFE Western Australia. Our focus in the webinar was on innovation in apprenticeships. There is a section in this newsletter with more details on their excellent presentations.

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The plan for industry engagement – comment by Jenny Dodd

‘The establishment of Industry Clusters will enhance the role of industry in the national training system with a broader role and greater accountability to industry,’ so writes the Transition Advisory Group (TAG) in its recent advice to Government. Who is the TAG and what will the proposed Industry Clusters do that is different to now?

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Calling TAFEs to input into the national reform agenda – comment by Jenny Dodd

One week into my interim role as CEO of TDA, I have participated in a lot of briefings and consultation discussions, mainly led by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE). Indeed, I thought I knew much of the agenda, but it seems I didn’t have the full grasp of everything that is happening. So, today for the benefit of all TAFEs, I thought I would summarise the main components, acknowledging that this does not fully encompass all that is on the agenda.

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So Long, Farewell

Most of you will have now heard the news that TDA’s Chief Executive Officer Craig Robertson has stepped down from TDA. After more than four years leading TDA, Craig has left TDA in order to take up the appointment of the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Skills Authority (VSA). Craig will take up his position with the VSA on 23 August.

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