Edition 744, 12 February 2018
Monday, February 12 2018
As we leap into February it is obvious that planning for the year ahead is well under way. Last week the NT Government hosted a series of Economic Development Industry Partners forums providing briefings and consultations across a raft of industry areas. The diversity of doing business in the NT was indeed on show, from croc farming and defence to international education.
In respect of the latter, the International Education and Training Forums high level action for a new international and education strategic plan with a target to achieve 10 000 students by 2022 across higher education, schooling, VET and English language.
A most visual testament of the commitment by the NT Government to this sector will be demonstrated this week with the Chief Minister opening the NT Student Hub in the Mall. This hub has been made possible through a financial commitment from both the NT Government and CDU with students from other NT providers also being welcome to access the hub for general information and support. While the hub will be staffed courtesy of CDU, the invitation is there for other providers to assist with staffing and to promote their own course offerings.
International education is one of the key economic pillars for the NT and will undoubtedly feature today as Chief Minister Michael Gunner MLA hosts 2018 – The Year Ahead which sets out the Territory’s path for 2018. Following this presentation invited guests will have an opportunity to talk with the Chief Minister, Government Ministers and MLA’s.
Keeping on the international theme next Tuesday the Minister for Education the Hon Eva Lawler will officiate at a Parliament House welcome reception and scholarships presentation for the our international students.
Strength in Numbers – a consortia approach to International Education is the theme for two half day workshops on 20 and 21 March hosted by Study NT and provided by IEAA. These information sessions will assist current and potential providers to navigate the sometimes perilous waters of undertaking training offshore. ACPET stalwart Sue Freeman of First Impressions will also be addressing participants detailing her engagement with the Indian VET market. For more information click here.
Back on the domestic front, last week the ACPET NT Committee met for the first time in 2018 to map future direction and also heard from Ms Cathy White, Executive Director of Workforce NT on the new VET Investment Framework. Cathy will also be addressing delegates at the forthcoming ACPET NT VET Essential Forum on 22 February. To register just click here or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The ACPET team are in Melbourne on Tuesday for a strategic and operational planning sessions that will charter directions for our association with a focus on the Industry Certification framework, further professional development sessions and the potential for some national roadshows offering advice and support for members.
Watch this space
ACPET NT Committee meets
NT Executive Officer