This survey is part of a national research project being undertaken by Polytechnic West on behalf of the Flexible Learning Advisory Group (FLAG). The research is enquiring into the e‑assessment of formal vocational education and Training Package qualifications and units of competence. The research has been commissioned to address some concerns that have been raised about the quality of some online assessment practices. The FLAG Panel members overseeing this project have specifically asked the research to include input from employers.
Fairwork Australia has developed a Guide to hiring new employees and an online learning course to help small businesses find the right person and get them started on the right track.
Click here for further information.
The federal government has introduced legislation to establish a national life-long, unique identifier for vocational education and training (VET) students.
The Student Identifiers Bill was introduced by the Minister for Education, Sussan Ley, on behalf of Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane.
Ms Ley said that current information about VET enrollments, participation and completion was fragmented and inaccurate.
Individuals will have control over their student identifier and can determine who can have access to their personal and educational records.
A new Student Identifiers Registrar will ensure the protection and appropriate use of information.
_Story via TAFE Directors Australia Newsletter 31.03.14
See the Minister’s Second Reading Speech
Nilesh Makwana, software developer and director of Tantra Technology, has partnered with Good Samaritan Industries to give something back to a city that had offered him great opportunities.
On Thurs 27 May, Tantra Technology & Good Samaritan Industries launched the new Postcare App for Android at the Riverside Bar, Esplanade Perth.
Opening the event was former WA Chief Scientist Prof Lyn Beasley and Head of Innovation at Amcom Brett Looney.
Hundreds of new websites have been created with the assistance of a $1million State Government initiative designed to boost the online presence of sport and recreation clubs in Western Australia.
Sport and Recreation Minister Terry Waldron said 27 State sporting associations and recreational peak bodies had received grants through the Club Talk initiative, and hundreds of others had been assisted through Information Communication Technology (ICT) training workshops.
“It’s vital for our sport organisations to stay up-to-date with technology to ensure they can stay connected to their members, many of whom are dedicated volunteers.
The Minister said 24 ICT training workshops, facilitated by the Challenger Institute of Technology, had been conducted across the State to help sport and recreation groups develop and improve their websites to boost their online presence and accessibility for members.
Press release Technology boost
Registrations are now open for the Training Providers Forum 2014. This year's Forum will be held at the Crown Perth, Burswood on Monday 19 May and Tuesday 20 May. This two day conference and exhibition will provide the latest updates on training and workforce development and showcase examples of innovation and good practice. This is a great professional development and networking opportunity for all training professionals. Look out for the FutureNow stand. For more information see: http://vetinfonet.dtwd.wa.gov.au/tpf.
Service Skills Australia were recently in Perth to host consultation workshops for the review of the Fitness and Community Recreation qualifications. The draft qualifications and units of competency have now been placed on the Service Skills Australia feedback register, and are open for comment and feedback until Friday May 9th. If you have any questions or comments, please contact Elly Snyder, Senior Project Officer - Sport, Fitness and Recreation, on firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 8243 1200.
Further details on the continuous improvement of the SIS10, Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package can be found here.
The Australian Graphic Design Association has undergone changes recently – aligning its state branches under one unified AGDA umbrella. AGDA’s new, more centralised agenda will see it team up with new partners to bring the best of Australian graphic design to the world. AGDA aims to be a truly creative community of artists, thinkers, leaders, teachers, bloggers (and more), all of whom make & move; pitch & sketch; print & publish.
FutureNow Creative Industries Project Manager Jo Pickup attended the ‘one AGDA’ WA launch event on 18 March at Central Institute Gallery. This vibrant design showcase event evidenced the energy and passion behind WA’s graphic design community. Jo connected with various WA graphic designers on the night, discussing some of the industry’s latest trends, opportunities and challenges. With a dedicated contingent of industry veterans and a strong crop of young graphic design graduates on the scene in WA there is no shortage of talent on offer in this area of our state’s creative industries.
See here for more info on AGDA’s WA branch.
According to Hospitality Magazine latest research indicates the heat really is in the kitchen. The UK study uncovered the five sexiest professions men can undertake, and cheffing has claimed the top spot.
“I think the media has played a massive part in what women see as attractive qualities in men – they look for passion, creativity, ambition and drive. Women like men who can spoil them in the kitchen and make them feel special, they also want men who are caring,”IllicitEncounters.com spokesperson, Rosie Freeman-Jones to read more
Increasing education levels have contributed to improved productivity of the order 0.14% per annum between 1997 and 2009 according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). Increasing education levels have also had a sizeable impact on the hours worked by the workforce. In fact between 2001 and 2009 this impact (of over 3% on hours worked) was larger than the improvement in labour quality.
This effect was almost entirely due to increases in the number of women with degrees and postgraduate qualifications.
See the NCVER paper.