Every weekend we curate a list of lengthy articles, important updates, and interesting reports. Not only do we find these articles for you but we also provide a summary and commentary on each one. This week we featured Learning to Work – A Helping Hand for Young Australians and The contribution of education to economic growth in Australia, 1997 – 2009.
Report of the Review of the Demand Driven Funding System
In November 2013 a panel was appointed to undertake a review of the current ‘demand driven’ funding arrangements for higher education and submit their recommendations. This report is the culmination of this review and contains the recommendations that have been submitted. During the review it was found that the demand driven system has allowed greater access for all students to higher education and as part of their recommendations suggested that this model should be applied to other educational models such as the VET system.
National Monday Update – ACPET
Each and every Monday the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) release their National Monday Update. This eNewsletter is a great resource for keeping up to date with what is happening in the Australian VET and higher education system. You are able to sort through the information shared by international, national, or state level allowing a keen personalisation of the resource to your needs.
5 Ways to Give Your Brain a Break Right Now
All of the studies show that you shouldn’t try to work on the same task for too long – your attention and levels of productivity start to drop at around 60 – 90 minutes. That is why it is important to give your brain a break during your work day. This article by Jeff Stibel, the CEO of Dun & Bradstreet, outlines 5 ways to give your brain a break:
- Take a moment to do something you love.
- Get in touch with nature.
- Be physically active.
- Do nothing.
Alternate Fee Protection Options for ASQA RTOs
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) released an update to the fee protection options that are available for RTOs who are registered with ASQA. All existing RTOs and those applying for registration with ASQA are required to comply with on of the five available fee protection options as part of the Standards for NVR Registered Training Organisation 2012. The new standards for NVR regulated training organisations are currently under consideration and as a result option four is no longer an acceptable fee protection measure. This leaves option three and five as the only available choices for RTOs that are not administered by a state, territory or Australian Government agency.
Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Qualifications Update
The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service releases qualifications updates on a fairly regular basis. These updates contain information on qualifications that have been recently implemented in the different states and territories and their nominal hours. This is an important update for anyone who is working with Apprenticeships or Traineeships.
Australian Training Awards
The nominations for the Australian Training Awards close on the 30th of May. These nationally recognised awards are a great opportunity to show the excellence of an individual, business or RTO.
The awards are celebrating their 20th year and are hosting over 15 individual categories for awards. The nomination process is well outlined on their website so if you believe you know someone who deserves to be recognised make sure that you nominate them today.
VET Reform Stakeholder Engagement Webinar
The Australian Government’s Department of Industry and Velg Training teamed up to deliver a webinar for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), industry groups, employers and other stakeholders to have their say on VET Reform and to ensure that the training system is meeting the needs of Australian workplaces now and into the future. A recording of the two webinars are available on the Velg Training YouTube channel. Below is the webinar from the 8th of April:
Managing Your RTO – In-House VS Outsource
Making a decision about how best to handle the ongoing and evolving regulatory and compliance requirements placed on training organisations is an issue that most RTOs face every day. Do you manage it in-house, outsource the task or find a balance of the two? This blog post by Dave Cunning, General Manager here at Safe Work Resources, delves into the hard question of whether an RTO should outsource their tasks or continue to tackle it in-house.
Training Providers Forum 2014
The Training Providers Forum is an annual conference that is held in Perth. Hosted by the Government of Western Australia Department of Training and Workforce Development this forum provides a great professional development opportunity for those involved in the planning, delivery and assessment of VET in Western Australia. The forum will showcase examples of innovation and good practice as well as provide the latest updates on training and workforce development. The two day forum will run over the 19th & 20th of May this year.
The Link Between Auditing and Continuous Improvement
Velg Training will be hosting their The Link Between Auditing and Continuous Improvement webinar on the 14th of May. The webinar will be presented by Carol Hunter who is the Principal of RTO Services and Consulting. The webinar will cover the importance of a best practice internal audit program to ensure that an RTO has optimised their continuous improvement. This webinar was a popular Master Class at the 2013 National VET Conference and will cover much of the same information.
What is the Heartbleed Encryption Bug?
Unless you have been hiding under a rock for the past two weeks you would have heard about the Heartbleed Encryption Bug that has effected the security of most websites. This video by maskable explains what heartbleed is, how it may affect you, and what you need to do to ensure your protection.