Tas education department prepares for TAFE merger

Prepares for EOL of student management system

Tasmania's Department of Education is preparing for the launch of the new TasTAFE organisation later this year, and has begun scoping out options for a new student management system for public vocational training organisations in the state.

TasTAFE will launch on 1 July, combining Tasmanian Polytechnic and the Tasmanian Skills Institute. The merger is a product of a review into the publicly funded vocational education system conducted by Virginia Simmons, who delivered her report in April last year.

The department of education is seeking a replacement for its end of life QLS system that is used to manage student enrolments in vocational training courses. It is yet to go to tender but the department is seeking input from vendors, issuing a request for information that outlines its requirements.

The department is interested in a COTS system that can cope with 800 users (around 120 simultaneously during peak periods), 32,000 students and 280,000 annual module enrolments. The system will need to support Windows 7 desktops and a Windows 2008 (or later) server environment.

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