TechnologyOne wins TAFE contract

TechnologyOne (ASX: TNE) has won a contract to replace the software systems that manage student enrolments and courses in TAFEs throughout Victoria.

Once live, more than 300,000 students and staff will use TechnologyOne Student Management, which will act as a business system within TAFEs.

Adrian Di Marco, Executive Chairman at TechnologyOne, said that the Student Management system will enable institutions to perform critical day to day operations, including enrolments, assessments, completions, funding and reporting, as well as managing staff, students, courses, and financial information.

"The TechnologyOne solution will be delivered in three phases, and will replace obsolete student management systems in 13 of the 18 TAFE institutions in Victoria," he said.

Phil Clarke, Acting Deputy Secretary at Skills Victoria, said "TechnologyOne was selected because its Student Management solution was the best fit for the Victorian TAFE sector due to its commitment to enhance the solution to provide standard, ‘out of the box' integrated tertiary and training functionality for the sector."

"TechnologyOne and Skills Victoria will work in partnership to deliver a Student Management solution to meet the current and emerging service requirements of modern and progressive Victorian TAFE institutions."

Mr Di Marco said that while the Student Management system has been successfully operating in universities throughout Australia for a number of years, the contract with Skills Victoria marks an exciting move into the TAFE sector, which continues to grow in importance.

"Our Student Management product is the way of the future for the tertiary education sector, improving the services offered to students, which is one of the most important things prospective students look at when deciding where to study," he said.

"This contract confirms that TechnologyOne is the leader when it comes to providing new and groundbreaking software to manage student needs."

"TechnologyOne Student Management will be the only software that can work simultaneously across both universities and TAFEs."

"We have invested a lot in our award-winning, new generation Student Management solution and have enjoyed huge success with it as a result."

"Six universities throughout Australia are now live on this new generation system and they are realising many benefits, all of which can be extended to other tertiary education providers."

"Competition continues to grow in this sector and it is important to have software that TAFEs can use to help them make more informed decisions about where to spend time and money.  TechnologyOne Student Management will help TAFEs deal with these competitive challenges."

The Victorian TAFE sector has experienced massive growth in the last five years and now provides about 80 per cent of all vocation education and training.
Skills Victoria's research shows that training needs are estimated to grow by another 172,000 students over the next four years, with most of this growth expected to be in TAFE.

The new Student Management software will be installed over a three year period to minimise the disruption associated with introducing large new software systems.

TechnologyOne offers a range of other software to TAFEs and universities, which when combined with Student Management, can help education providers see how much money a class, course of study or each student costs, taking into account staff wages, equipment used, subsidies or grants, and marketing.

TechnologyOne also offers software to look after supply chain, budgeting, human resources, payroll, grants management, corporate performance management, customer relationship management, document management, strategic planning, maintenance, asset management and carbon emissions reporting in the education sector.

The TechnologyOne Student Management software won an Australian Industry Award at the Consensus Software Awards in 2008.