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High resolve

Here are five ways the sector can improve itself, and Australia, in the year ahead. By Stephen Conway. TAFE in Australia needs to be promoted at all opportunities for what it is and what it contributes to the way of ...

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Domestic partners, global focus

When institutions in our VET sector collaborate to win international projects, the results include not only stronger local institutions but also the delivery of social and economic benefits to other nations. By John Maddock. “The career of James Wakapu is ...

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An odd year in VET, with more to follow

2013 produced some strange developments, making 2014 less predictable. By John Mitchell. 2013 was an odd year for the VET sector, increasing the likelihood that 2014 will be even stranger. Following on from 2012 which was characterized by the unprecedented ...

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New territory for vocational training

The emerging polytechnic model straddles the interface of vocational training and higher education, and also addresses an anomaly in the area of support for student fees. By Meeuwis Boelen. The year 2013 marks the rise of the polytechnic with both ...

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Recipe for action for the new government

Incoming governments usually like to tinker with VET and this time a good place to begin the process would be with ASQA. By Jim Nicholls. Recent experience with the Australian Skills Quality Authority would suggest that it may be losing ...

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SVP: Careful What You Wish For

After nearly two years the government has announced a series of measures which will ease student visa rules to improve Australia’s international sector By Phil Honeywood. So the word is out. After the previous Government prevaricated for two years, the ...

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Industry must be heard

The Industry Ministry has plenty to say about improving productivity, and the VET sector needs to listen. By John Mitchell. Most of the VET sector was surprised by the incoming government’s decision to hand the vocational education portfolio to the ...

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Strength in coordination

Providing better education and job outcomes for Aboriginal students requires leadership, teamwork and input from experienced hands.  TAFE institutes play a significant role in vocational training for Aboriginal students, but their contribution should be measured in much broader terms than ...

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A sector that needs to survive

Community-based RTOs perform a critical service for disadvantaged learners, yet they are in danger of disappearing. By Sally Thompson. The impact of VET skills reform on TAFE, particularly in Victoria, has been well documented and debated in Campus Review. However, ...

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