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2013 Skills Tasmania Conference will be held on 20 and 21 May at Wrest Point Conference Centre.
The 2013 conference will be delivered over two days, beginning with lunch on day one. There will be stimulating keynote speakers, interactive workshops, café conversations, a networking function and conference dinner.
The conference theme is Transformation. There has been a series of major reforms in the VET sector over the past 30 years. The aims of the current reforms are to have a VET sector that is high quality, accessible and responsive to the needs of its clients. These aims are not new but we still have some way to go. The current reforms are broader and deeper and will gradually transform the VET Sector. Within the sector itself there are other transformations such as the increasing importance and opportunities of on-line learning. Transformation of our economy, our jobs, our workforce and transforming lives are other considerations that will be covered in our conference.
Conference speakers include:
Hon Nick McKim MP, Minister for Education and Skills
Lisa Taylor, Lisa Taylor Consulting
Megan Lilley, Director of Education and Training, Australian Industry Group
Stephen Conway, Chief Executive Officer, TasTAFE
Fiona Wilson, Deputy Secretary, Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts
Peter Coyne, Executive General Manager-Human Resources, Crown Melbourne Limited
Barbara West, Culture Works
Kris Andre, Blue Dog Training
Maria Langwell, Australian Council for Private Education and Training
The conference dinner speaker is Robert Pennicott of award winning Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Program [Word 45KB]
The draft program is available now and will be updated regularly.
Exhibitor Booth Application Form [Word 34KB]
Exhibition booths are available for this year’s conference. Each booth is 2.5m x 2.5m and costs $700. The booth comes equipped with Wi-Fi access, a trestle table and chairs, and signage. Morning and afternoon tea and lunch, for two, is included in the cost of the booth. Wide-screen televisions for presentations may be ordered (at extra cost). Bump-in is during the morning of Monday, 20 May and bump-out is at the end of the conference on Tuesday, 21 May. Please complete the application form and return it by Wednesday 3 April.
Accommodation rates [PDF 449KB]
Wrest Point offers special accommodation rates for delegates.
Two pre-conference activities have been scheduled for the morning of Monday, 20 May to complement the conference:
Both one-hour sessions will run twice: at 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. which will give you the opportunity to attend both presentations. These sessions are free of charge but, of course, we'd love you to stay with us for the rest of the conference!
To register for the two pre-conference activities, please call Jacqui Maclaine on 03 6233 3194.
|Day One only||$155|
|Day Two only||$230|
The following rates have been negotiated for members of the Tasmanian Flexible Learning Network (TFLN)
|Day One only||$120|
|Day Two only||$170|
Note: Special rates apply for Tasmanian Flexible Learning Network members. Please see registration form.
Admission to conference sessions for full conference or Day One/Day Two
Attendance at the conference networking function at the end of day one
Arrival, morning and afternoon teas and lunches each day of the conference*
Conference satchel containing the conference booklet and various conference materials
Access to the trade exhibition
*Day one starts with lunch at 12:30 p.m.
For more information contact Jacqui Maclaine on 03 6233 3194 or email@example.com
Online registration is now available.
Registration form [Word 46KB]
Delegates may register by email, fax or post. Details are on the form.
Where the delegate is unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer his/her place to another person then the following refund arrangements apply. Cancelled registrations:
This year's program includes speakers from around the country, including:
Lisa Taylor: Lisa Taylor is a Hobart-based workforce demographer, combining the dynamics of economics and demography to provide consultancy services at a geographic, industry or organisational level. Lisa believes successful management of business and industry development, opportunities and workforce dynamics is founded on a sound understanding of economic and demographic factors and the implementation of strategic directions based on this knowledge.
Peter Coyne: Since the beginning of his career as a teacher in Victorian technical schools Peter Coyne has been deeply enthusiastic about building meaningful links between education and careers. This focus has continued in his current role as Executive General Manager – Human Resources, with Crown Melbourne Limited, Victoria’s largest single-site employer.
Megan Lilly: Megan Lilly is the Director of Education and Training for the Australian Industry Group. She is the Chair of Manufacturing Skills Australia, a member of the National Skills Standards Council, the Australian Qualifications Framework Council, the National Trade Cadetship Advisory Panel, the Australia India Education Council, the Australia Pacific Technical College Advisory Board as well as the Australian College of Education
Blue Dog Training, Queensland: Established in 2005 by three former carpenters, Blue Dog Training is a registered training organisation boasting approximately 25,000 short courses and 1500 Australian Apprentices. The company's flexible and responsive training methods, and apprentice training and tracking system, allows much of the 'classroom' or theory side of the training, to be completed online. Blur Dog Training is a former Australian Training Awards recipient.
Barbara West: Barbara West received her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology in 1995 and has spent more than 20 years lecturing, writing and consulting in the areas of culture, intercultural communications and gender. She is currently a founder and partner at the boutique intercultural training company Culture Works in Melbourne and a former Director on the board at The 100% Project, which works toward developing 100% of Australia’s leadership potential. During her four years with The 100% Project, Barbara founded and edited their quarterly online publication, Beyond the Spin.
Prior to co-founding Culture Works, Barbara was an Associate Professor of International Studies at the University of the Pacific and primary trainer for the Pacific Institute of Cross Cultural Training. During her ten years at the university she received nine different awards for teaching excellence, concern for student learning and public speaking. She is the author/co-author of four books, including G’Day Boss! Australian Culture and the Workplace, The Encyclopedia of the Peoples of Asia and Oceania and A Brief History of Australia, numerous academic and trade journal articles, and has presented her work at more than 35 academic and professional conferences.
Robert Pennicott: Robert Pennicott is now unable to speak at the conference dinner as he has been asked to join a trade delegation to China.
Greg Irons from Bonorong Wildlife Park will now address delegates at the dinner. Greg was awarded the prestigious Young Tasmanian of the Year Award in 2011, and was subsequently nominated for the Young Australian of the Year Award in 2012. Greg is enthusiastic about Tasmania’s future, competition and education.