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Plaster shifts, not blame

  VET’s house is falling apart, and policymakers won’t save it by trying to pretend market design hasn’t caused the problem. By John Mitchell If you were looking for the clearest summary of the current mess in the VET sector, ...

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VET collaboration to benefit Australia, China

Australia and China both have “much to gain” from greater collaboration in vocational education and training, says Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham. The assistant minister made the comments following the signing of a memorandum of understanding ...

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Research: Who is delivering foundation skills

Finding out who is delivering foundation skills is important in order to ensure we develop a workforce capable of delivering these skills within classroom and workplace environments. “Foundation skills – which is language, literacy, numeracy, and employability skills – they ...

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From China, with fear

A close look at one critical neighbour’s education system reveals policy shortcomings in Australia that must be addressed before it’s too late. By Martin Riordan Living on a sabbatical in Shanghai has certain benefits. Up close and personal, the Chinese education ...

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VET course withdrawal fees banned

A federal government ban on withdrawal fees for students who quit VET courses is proof that a deregulated education market encourages unscrupulous activity by providers, the National Tertiary Education Union has said. The new regulations, announced last week by the Assistant ...

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One watchdog is not enough

It’s high fantasy to think one quality regulator could oversee VET and higher education. By John Mitchell Before the recent federal Budget, a thought bubble popped up in the media. The thought was that the nation could save money by ...

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