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Monday, April 15 2019

National Monday Update – 15 April 2019
Troy Williams, ACPET Chief Executive

The debate on how, as a nation, we deliver education and skills is changing.  There is a growing realisation that the artificial stratification that existed between the higher education and the vocational education and training (VET) sectors is no longer relevant.  Just as a number of providers offer both higher education and VET sector qualifications, Australia’s workforce looks to both sectors to provide them with the education, skills and reskilling required to support the changing nature of work.  It’s in this context that there is major transformation underway as to how the independent tertiary education sector will come together to progress shared outcomes.

At an extraordinary general meeting called for 2 May 2019, the membership of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) will be asked to approve the transition of the organisation to the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA).  ITECA will provide a focal point of leadership for independent providers in the higher education plus VET sectors.

This transition has been a year in the making and the result of a careful assessment by many stakeholders across the business community and government about the future of tertiary education in Australia.  The transition to ITECA recognises the increasing convergence in how providers in the higher education and VET sector provide students and employers with the outcomes they are looking for.

ACPET was formed in 1992 and since then has established itself as a powerful force for independent providers in the VET sector.  In recent years, its membership has grown to include independent providers in the higher education sectors.  The transition to ITECA recognises that there was an interest from stakeholders across the independent tertiary education sector for an umbrella organisation to represent them.  The transition also reflects discussions within the ACPET membership, with the coming vote delivering the vision approved in-principle by members at the 2018 ACPET annual general meeting.

ITECA’s membership will be broad and encompass quality providers of all sizes across the independent tertiary education sector. In addition to higher education and VET providers, we’ll also have in place the infrastructure to support providers of micro-credentials.  Stronger support will be available for key provider cohorts such as independent providers of English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS).

The transition to ITECA signals a transformational change in how the association will build collaborative frameworks across the tertiary education sector, government and the business community.  Looking within, a strong focus is being placed on member engagement in order to ensure that the projects and policy priorities ITECA progresses reflect the needs of its members. 

We’re transforming our approach to member engagement by investing in technology and building the collaborative frameworks that allow members to come together, share experiences and exchange ideas. This will be the key to ITECA’s success – put simply, ITECA’s vision is that of its members.

The transition to ITECA will be given effect if ACPET members support changes to the association’s constitution at an extraordinary general meeting to be held in Melbourne on 2 May 2019. If approved, ITECA will be launched shortly thereafter.

ITECA will provide leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members will set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results.

Troy Williams FIML MAICD
ACPET Chief Executive
Twitter: @TroyWilliamsAus


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