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Putting the ‘e’ for ‘entrepreneur’ in VET

Domestic manufacturing has all but disappeared, the mining boom is long over, and jobs like IT support are increasingly being offshored. Meanwhile, innovation is in, and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. So, where does this leave VET students? Innovation management and policy consultant Don Scott-Kemmis sought to answer this question in a report.

The role of VET in the entrepreneurial ecosystem assesses VET’s role in teaching entrepreneurialism internationally, to gain local guidance. Published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), it also explores the presence (or lack thereof) of VET qualifications in an ACT entrepreneurialism case study. Scott-Kemmis said these insights will inform how the VET sector can adapt to the swiftly changing job market.

“The VET system isn’t in a strong position at the moment. It’s been really neglected by policy for quite some time and yet it’s key for Australia.

“And so putting more resources and getting more strategic direction into the VET system is vitally important,” he concluded in an interview with Campus Review.

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