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CaSPA Colleges at the forefront of Vocational Education

Posted on 29 July 2017
CaSPA Colleges at the forefront of Vocational Education

Above: The representatives from the ACTVA at their meeting at Newman Senior Technical College, Port Macquarie, in 2016.

Australian Catholic Technical and Vocational Colleges Association (ACTVCA)

The ACTVCA grew out of a previous network of Australian Technical Colleges (ATCs), which emerged in 2005/2006. As ATC funding concluded in 2009, 3 ATCs either continued as or came into Catholic system operation: Newman Senior Technical College, Port Macquarie (the former) and St Patrick's and Marcellin Technical College(s), Adelaide (the latter).
There was a shared desire on the part of these 3 Colleges, alongside that of the emerging large and/or specialist Catholic Trade Training Centres, to meet regularly, share wisdom and experiences, and advocate for the VET in the Catholic schools sector. The Association has more latterly developed a clear Vision and Mission for itself:

Our values-
  • Catholic education at the heart of all of our work
  • Equity and collaboration
  • VET delivery at the heart of learning and training
  • Catholic social teaching - solidarity, subsidiarity, dignity of the human person
  • Recognition of local contexts and strengths

Our practices-

  • Network through meetings
  • Sharing of good practice
  • Staffing exchange
  • Drawing on National and International experience and research
  • Developing a research partnership
Our advocacy-
  • Leading industry engagement
  • At the forefront of the National VET agenda
  • Peak body in National VET agenda representing Catholic Education
  • Influence / inform peak bodies on/around National VET in schools and Vocational Learning agenda.

The Association meets twice yearly, typically hosted at one of the members campuses/operations. Across the years ACTVCA has met with various State and Federal Ministers, include the last 4 Federal Skills Ministers: Ley, Hartsuyker, Birmingham and Andrews.

The current membership of the Association includes the 3 Colleges list above, as well as:
St Columbans College, Caboolture
Guilford Young College, Hobart
Catholic Regional College, Sydenham
Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College (SCCVC), Burwood.

Patrick O'Reilly, SCCVC.

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