TDA/AVETRA Industry Innovation Scholarship

Nominations are now called for 2015 scholarship

TDA and AVETRA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to foster innovation and applied research in TAFE. We are pleased to announce the first initiative under the MOU, the TAFE Innovation Scholarship. The scholarship winner for 2014 is David McLean, Deputy Head of School (Business Services) at RMIT University in Melbourne.  David’s project is to research funding and training models to enable the design and development of lean micro-business start-ups for the health and community services industry.

The scholarship provides $6,000 to an individual or group of TAFE practitioners to investigate innovative ways to meet industry or community skill needs. The outcomes will inform new practices and/or partnership models for TAFE and specific industry/community sectors.

The Scholarship supports TDA’s Strategic Plan to position TAFE in a competitive training market and AVETRA’s strong commitment to the development of research in vocational education and training nationally. Registrations which contain industry co-sponsorship contributions to the industry research topic/s will be encouraged.

For more information and the application form – CLICK HERE


2000-2001 Inaugural Award Winner:
Judith Uren, Manager Research, Research & Strategic Policy Analysis Unit
Central Metropolitan College of TAFE, Western Australia.

Her Research Outline:
To build on the existing information on student outcomes by closely examining the individual student, environment and institutional practices which affect successful student outcomes.

Aim of the Scholarship:
This Scholarship is a joint initiative between AUSTAFE and AVETRA.  The aim of this joint arrangement is two-fold:
1.  To encourage a Research culture within TAFE.
2.  To encourage TAFE Managers to undertake research that is relevant to their
workplace, and is of national significance.

Value of the Scholarship:
The value of the Scholarship is in excess of $4,000 in cash and kind, including a year’s subscription to the two sponsor Organisations, conference registrations, etc.