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Thursday March 21, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM EST
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NSW Trade & Investment Centre 
Level 47, MLC Centre
Corner King and Castlereagh Streets 2000


$150 per person
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Katie McGuigan 
TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute 
61 02 9217 3167 

RC-2020 Spring Roundtable and Forum 

Vocational and Workforce Training Re-Building the Global Economy

Join us for this outstanding opportunity to network, collaborate and learn, as we bring together leaders in vocational education and training from across the world to consider present and future challenges and opportunities.

This forum will be a key event in the RC-2020 spring program in Sydney. RC-2020 is an international not-for-profit association of vocational colleges. RC-2020 member institutes include up to 35 colleges from the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Saudi Arabia and Australia, each bringing to this forum their perspectives, experiences, achievements and challenges.

Learn from Australian and international industry leaders, and discuss topics including:

  • A Global Outlook
  • Key Challenges
  • Engaging with Business and Industry
  • Supporting the Disadvantaged and Disengaged
  • Thinking Differently, Connecting Differently

    See below for all the topics and speakers.

    Following the forum, join us for dinner and a spectacular evening. The event will showcase the amazing talent of TAFE NSW students, graduates and teachers. Your attendance at this event will give you the opportunity to connect with 150 local and international community and industry leaders.

    RC-2020 Forum
    Sessions and Speakers

    Official Opening
    The Hon.Adrian Piccoli MP, NSW Minister for Education

    Vocational Education and Workforce Training – The View From Australia
    Robin Shreeve, CEO, Australian Workforce Productivity Agency

    Vocational Education and Workforce Training – Key Challenges
    Pam Christie, Managing Director of TAFE NSW
    Bruce Leslie, The Alamo Colleges, RC-2020 President
    The Role of Vocational Education and Workforce Training in Supporting the Disadvantaged and Disengaged
    Peter Roberts (chair), Director, TAFE NSW – South Western Sydney Institute
    Frances Coppollilo, Deputy Director Programs, Teaching and Learning, Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE
    Marie-Therese McGivern, Principal, Belfast Metropolitan College, RC-2020 member

    Engaging Globally to Rebuild the Economy
    David Riordan (chair), Director, TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute
    Claire Field, CEO, Australian Council for Private Education and Training
    Helen Zimmerman, Executive General Manager – English, Navitas Limited

    Workforce Development – Engaging with Business and Industry
    Marie Persson (chair), Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency Board
    Jerry Sue Thornton, Cuyahoga Community College, RC-2020 member
    Mark Goodsell, Director – NSW, Australian Industry Group

    Mutual Recognition of Qualifications in a Global Economy
    John Dawkins AO, Australian Qualifications Framework Council
    Amarjit Basri, New Colleges Nottingham, RC-2020 member

    Thinking Differently, Connecting Differently
    Kate Baxter, Director, TAFE NSW – Western Institute
    Rufus Glasper, Maricopa Community College District, RC-2020 member

    Completions - Challenges and Sollutions
    Helen Zimmerman, Executive General Manager – English, Navitas Limited
    Paul Sechrist, Oklahoma City Community Colleges, RC-2020 member
    Susan Hartigan, Director, TAFE NSW – Western Sydney Institute