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How low can we go?

Posted on: July 14, 2014

The policy fad of outsourcing VET creates a culture in which cost is more important than benefit, says internationally published economist. By John Mitchell. Many policymakers in the VET sector have followed a predictable pattern over the last five years or so, unwittingly landing the sector in a mess that need not ...

Helping students aim high

Posted on: July 7, 2014

A new study examines the hurdles facing disadvantaged learners aiming for higher education, and how to support their goals. By Erin Mayo. Disadvantaged learners tend to be higher represented in lower-level VET qualifications, and under-represented in higher-level qualifications, says a new study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). “This paper ...

Out front, shaping the view

Posted on: June 23, 2014

TAFE institutes’ collaborations can help shape the employment scene and economic growth in regional areas. By Lisa Line. From the third floor of The Gordon’s City Campus, the view looking north across Corio Bay is striking. The distinctive granite peaks of the You Yangs dominate the horizon. Three enormous tanker ships ...

Reach and re-creation

Posted on: June 10, 2014

Regional TAFE institute’s plans for growth and adaptation give energetic new meaning to ‘a little R&R’. By Kerry Penton. My institute has 19 campuses spread across 154,000 square kilometres and I’m passionate about engaging local people to hear firsthand the issues affecting regional communities. This year, I’ve implemented a program of ...

Leaders warn of soaring fees

Posted on: June 2, 2014

Conference speakers predict the cost of a degree will rise more than the government projects. By Antonia Maiolo. Graduates will struggle to pay back student loan debts as course fees are expected to balloon above what the government indicated, higher education stakeholders have said. Speaking at a seminar in Melbourne, economist Bruce ...

Funding in the fishbowl

Posted on: May 19, 2014

Vocation’s recent listing on the Australian Stock Exchange brings a new level of public scrutiny to revenue models for the sector. By John Mitchell. When speakers at conferences decide to abandon their PowerPoint slides and speak unscripted, they often reveal much more about what they really think. That was the case ...

Take it even higher

Posted on: May 12, 2014

Reform is necessary to make integrated higher education qualifications more accessible and equitable. By Martin Riordan. TAFE vocational degrees and higher education qualifications have been developed in response to increasing industry demand for higher knowledge, technology skills and work-ready graduates. These highly specialised and applied degrees, now delivered in 23 TAFEs across ...

‘Too Hard’ Basket overflowing

Posted on: April 28, 2014

VET’s charmers have few snakes dancing to their tune. By John Mitchell. Hanging on the wall in my office is a print I purchased long ago of a Michael Leunig cartoon that depicts a character dressed up as a snake charmer, sitting cross-legged on his mat and playing a flute whilst ...

Little obstacles add up

Posted on: April 22, 2014

It’s easy for potential overseas students to become disenchanted with the Australian regime’s hassle and expense. By Phil Honeywood. With a new federal government, appropriately, there has been a great deal of focus on the realignment of government departments and identifying the new key players. Equally, international education stakeholders have taken ...

Keep them working longer? Big task

Posted on: April 22, 2014

Precious little has been reported about how to extend the 50-plus crowd’s  working years and the role VET must play in this effort. By Sally Thompson. Late last year, the Productivity Commission released a report titled An ageing Australia: Preparing for the future, which gained headlines across the country for suggesting ...