Indian community college leaders gain insights from AustraliaSat 28th February 2015
Indian community college leaders gain insights from Australia
Ten Indian Community College Leaders and two Indian University Grants Commission (UGC) officials have continued their professional development with Australian Technical and Further Education (TAFE) colleges in Australia, between 23-27 February 2015.
The Community College leaders were embedded in TAFEs across Australia to receive training through professional shadowing and mentoring. The participating TAFEs were Canberra Institute of Technology; Central Institute of Technology, Perth; TAFE Illawarra; TAFE Queensland. The training topics included:
- Leadership, organizational structure, planning and management systems and approaches;
- Engagement with local industry as a driver of course selection and content;
- Course teaching, learning and assessment resource development processes;
- Competency based training and assessment;
- Industry based training models including apprenticeships, traineeships and vocational work placements;
- Flexible and blended learning;
- Developing pathways for students for further education and training, including building cross-credit relationships with other institutions; and
- Programs and management approaches for international students.
The trip constituted Phase II of TAFE Directors Australia’s Vocational Education and Leadership Training (TDA VELT) program. The first phase involved professional development training for 40 Indian Community College leaders at the Australian High Commission in Delhi during June 2014. Phase III will involve a follow-up mentoring excise conducted by TDA for the broader group of Community College Leaders in India, during September 2015.
The TDA VELT programme is an initiative of the Australia-India Education Council (AIEC). It is funded by the Australian Department of Education and Training.
Mr Joshua Mason the 2014 World Skills Australia National Competition Cookery gold medalist, Ms Jessica Martin, international Silver medalist in Restaurant Service from World Skills Competition 2013, Leipizig and Ms Morgan Clementson 2013 Australian Apprentice of the Year - Runner Up, Australian Training Awards demonstrated their skills during the conference.
Business networking was held and seven memoranda of understanding signed at the Conference. Case studies demonstrating sharing knowledge and expertise in Vocational Education and Training and skill development in India and Australia was also presented.
More information about TAFE Directors Australia’s international projects is available here.