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Two weeks to go! – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

Today’s message is directed to TDA members. There is a lot happening in our world of TAFE, from the outcomes at the Jobs and Skills Summit, including the announcement of the ‘training blitz’ and fee-free TAFE places for students, to the work we do every day educating and skilling students and employers. To achieve great outcomes takes an exceptional workforce. Therefore, today I call on people working for TAFE or a dual sector university to recognise your colleagues by nominating them for a TAFE Staff Recognition Award.

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A win for TAFE students at the summit – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

It was a privilege to be part of the Jobs and Skills Summit last week in Canberra. However, I was not expecting that before 8.15am on Day One that TAFE would be the main story! In his opening address to the delegates the Prime Minister announced the $1billion ‘blitz for training’ with the announcement of the additional TAFE fee-free places.

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Responding to future skills – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

Last week, the Jobs and Skills Australia Bill was the first legislation before the 47th Parliament. This highlights the importance the Albanese Government is placing on how we better align the demands of the emerging labour market with “current, emerging and future skills and training needs and priorities.”

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Jobs and skills summit must focus on the long term – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

“The gift of near full-employment” is how the current environment was described recently in the Australian Financial Review (15 July 2022). The fact that nearly every Australian who wants a job can get one is something in this two-plus years of disruptive pandemic conditions we must be grateful for and commend those who created the conditions that have made this possible

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‘Tap the appetite’ – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

Last week, the Treasurer announced the jobs and skills summit. He stated this is about ‘tapping the appetite to come together … to grasp the opportunities … to seize the moment … and to find common purpose’. Approximately 100 people will be at this two-day summit in Canberra on 1 and 2 September.

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Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

‘Yuma’, readers of the TDA newsletter this week. Yuma is ‘hello’ in Ngunnawal, the language of Canberra’s custodians of country. I am writing this newsletter from Ngunnawal country. In the spirit of reconciliation, TDA acknowledges the traditional custodians of country throughout Australia. We pay our respects to elders past and present.

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Acknowledging refugees on World Refugee Day – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

From 1827 to 2022 a form of TAFE has existed. That’s nearly 200 years! The first adult technical college was founded in Hobart in 1827 and that was followed closely by a college in Sydney in 1833. TAFE is a part of the fabric of adult education and training in every State and Territory and in all metropolitan and most regional communities.

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