Foundation Skills – Conference updates
The ACER Conference
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) 2015 National Adult Language Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference was held in Adelaide on 14-15 May 2015.
With the theme of, ‘Equipping for the future: assess, train, learn’, presentations over the two days addressed research and good practice for youth and adult vocational and workplace education and training.
Included in the conference were practical updates relating to a range of foundation skills policy, research and implementation issues.
Presentations will be available in the near future on the ACER website.
TLISC attended the National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) Conference held in Sydney on 7-8 May 2015 where Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham gave the opening speech.
NEAS endorses English language centres in universities, colleges and high schools. Endorsed centres are granted the NEAS quality mark, internationally recognized and valued by students, teachers, agents and governments.
Senator Birmingham’s speech referred positively to the VET sector and opportunities in our geographic region, stating, “International education is our largest services export — and our fourth largest export overall, contributing more than $16.3 billion during 2013-14. This was an increase of roughly $1 billion over the preceding 12 month period.”
The conference program featured speakers from across Australia with expertise in a range of areas relevant to the current international education environment. A variety of perspectives on topics and key issues currently under debate were explored, as well as updates on areas of interest.
The presentations can be viewed and downloaded from the NEAS website.
Included is a presentation made by ACPET CEO, Rodd Camm, on the subject of, Restoring confidence in the VET sector.