National Careers Institute names successful projects

National Careers Institute names successful projects

The National Careers Institute has announced 13 projects that will share $5.2 million to deliver innovative forms of career advice and information.

The funding comes from the first round of the NCI’s Partnership Grants program which, NCI says, “will use virtual reality technology to provide simulated work environments, provide additional careers support and improve the visibility of available careers in everyday industries.”

The successful applicants are:

  • Co-Operative for Aborigines Limited
  • Work Window Australia Pty Ltd
  • Graduate Careers Australia Limited
  • Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland
  • TAFE Queensland
  • National Association of Australian Apprenticeships Centres Inc.
  • University of Melbourne
  • Community Services Directorate
  • The University of Adelaide
  • Curtin University
  • The Smith Family
  • Skillset Limited
  • Federation University Australia

Applications for round two are expected to open in mid-2021.

New MD for South Regional TAFE

Experienced VET executive, Ms Darshi Ganeson-Oats has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Western Australia’s South Regional TAFE.

Ms Ganeson-Oats has held executive and management roles with Challenger Institute of Technology and South Metropolitan TAFE, where she is currently Executive Director Strategic Partnerships.

She is a non-executive member of the board of the Australian Maritime College and a member of the Minister for Defence Issues’ WA Defence Advisory Forum.

Ms Ganeson-Oats has been appointed for a five-year term commencing tomorrow.

TDA extends its congratulations to Darshi on her appointment.

Fed Uni to offer Australia's first wind power apprenticeship

Federation University is to offer Australia’s first apprenticeship in wind turbine blade repair as part of a $1.6 million funding agreement with industry partner, Vestas.

From 2022, students at Federation TAFE will be able to study the Certificate III Engineering (Composites), a three-year apprenticeship scheme that will be Australia’s first defined pathway for people to enter the wind generation industry as blade repair technicians.

Federation TAFE will also be the first in Australia to offer the globally recognised BZEE Turbine Technician Training Course, which was developed in Germany and is regarded as the world’s key qualification enabling employment in the wind energy industry.

As well as providing $400,000 for the Certificate III and $300,000 for the BZEE course, the funding deal channels $500,000 towards development of the Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Tech-Transition Centre (APRETC) at Federation’s Mt Helen campus in Ballara, due to be built this year.

Industry bodies selected for internship program

The federal government has announced a panel of 12 industry groups to help design the next phase of the Youth Jobs PaTH program.

The panel will oversee the PaTH Business Placements Partnerships Trial, which will develop new ways for young people to get into work. The panel members are:

  • Accommodation Association of Australia Inc
  • Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Australian Meat Industry Council
  • Housing Industry Association Ltd
  • Motor Trades Association of Australia Ltd
  • National Disability Services Ltd
  • National Electrical Contractors Association
  • National Retail Association Ltd
  • Restaurant & Catering Industry Association of Australia Inc
  • Master Builders Australia Ltd,
  • Australian Industry Group
  • Australian Retailers Association

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WFCP invites tenders for review of technical education

The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) is planning to develop a global statement on professional and technical education (PTET) to reflect its critical role for citizens and industry in economic and social advancement; now more than ever against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

WFCP invites tenders or partners to produce a literature review outlining the challenges to professional technical education and training arising from the impacts of COVID-19 and the strategies for response.

Tenders are invited from individuals with experience in PTET policy and strategy. Organisations with missions aligned to PTET are invited to partner with WFCP for this work.

If you are interested, please request detailed information from WFCP Secretariat.  Responses to this Invitation to tender or partner (ITTP) should be submitted no later than 5pm on January 22, 2021 (Ottawa time) to

VET FEE-HELP redress measures extended

A reminder that the VET-FEE HELP Student Redress Measures which were due to end last December have now been extended until 31 December 2022.

The redress measures provide a remedy for students who incurred a debt under the VET FEE-HELP scheme due to the inappropriate conduct of their education provider, by removing all or part of a VET FEE-HELP debt.

Complaints lodged with the VET Ombudsman after 31 December 2020 need to explain why they did not make their complaint earlier. This may be because they did not know they had a VET FEE-HELP debt, illness, disability, the impact of COVID, financial stress, or poor English.

It’s worth remembering that the redress measures apply to VET FEE-HELP, not to VET Student Loans.

Complaints can be made online through the website, by email at or by phone on 1300 362 072.

Diary Dates

AVETRA Annual Conference 2021
Recover, rethink and rebuild: All eyes on VET
19 – 23 April, 2021 (Online)
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VET CEO Conference
Velg Training
19 March 2021 (Online)
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Apprentice Employment Network, NSW & ACT
Skills Conference
16 June 2021
Dockside Darling  Harbour, Sydney
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30th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’
Past informing the future
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
7 – 9 July 2021 (Online)
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Worldskills Australia
25 – 29 August 2021
Perth Exhibition and Convention Centre
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