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NT Update

Monday, February 26 2018

A productive week in the NT with consultations, collaborations, celebrations and the conduct of the ACPET 2018 VET Essentials Forum at the Darwin Hilton. The main focus of the latter was on improving practitioner capacity in regards to building quality into assessment practices and the value and mapping of currency.

Delegates were welcomed by ACPET Chair Bruce Callahan and were briefed on things that matter by Rachael Shanahan of Study NT on Going International and the Benefits of a Consortia of Providers, Cathy White of Workforce NT on the new VET Investment Framework and finally by Michael Hall, ACPET and Rod Cryer GTNT on discussions with Federal Government representatives in Darwin last week on unduly short courses, review of the AQF and Training Products Reform.

The ACPET Chair together with ACPET NT Director Kathryn Stenson and EO Michael Hall also had an opportunity to touch base with Alf Leonardi, Chief of Staff in the Chief Minister’s Office and Michael Tennant, CEO of the Dept. Trade, Business & Innovation. Discussions focussed on supporting workforce development in the NT and forging closer links and collaboration between public and private providers.

On the funding front it was explained that budgets are tight in the continued absence of Federal resourcing with the stalling of the Skilling Australia Fund and renewed priorities of the NT Government focussing on supporting workforce development of industry rather than the previous entitlement model that was more student centric but not necessarily aligned to a job outcome.

The Department continues to be open to approaches for financial support where an RTO can provide evidence of aligning identified training to industry demands. 

On the celebration front, a few hundred international students, politicians, Consular representatives, education and training providers and industry stakeholders mingled in the Great Hall (no relation) of Parliament House and on the Speaker's Green.  Guests were welcomed by the Hon Eva Lawler, Minister for Education. A great night and I had an opportunity to impart some Aussie slang on unsuspecting students from the USA and Japan while learning a few words of Estonian. 

Have a great week

Below  Acadamies Australasias Christopher Campbell with David Cannon of The Essington School

Below - International Student gift packs 

Parliament House International student Welcome. Below ACPET  Chair Bruce Callaghan at the ACPET Forum

Rachael Shanahan Director Study Nt with ACPET's Michael Hall at the international student welcome

Michael Hall 
NT Executive Officer 



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