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Opinion: The VET-FEE HELP buck stops with us

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As the dust settles on the government’s proposed changes to Australia’s vocational loan scheme, VET-FEE HELP, we should be reminded of the need for proper consultation prior to broad reforms. By Jon Lang VET-FEE HELP, Australia’s vocational loans scheme, has ...

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Opinion: Fix the apprenticeship system, now

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We can look back fondly and see an apprenticeship system with a long and proud tradition. It has been highly valued and has enjoyed a strong commitment from employers, unions, the training system, parents and apprentices themselves. Yet, if we ...

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13 recommendations to remedy VET’s woes

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Earlier this year, Claire Rasmussen, director of VET practice at Federation University TAFE, completed a fellowship through the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISSI), which took her to Switzerland and the UK. Concerned by the lack of strategy within Australia’s national ...

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Poor teen readers fare OK in job market: study

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Australian teenagers with poor reading skills are no worse off than those with medium reading proficiency when it comes to future employment, a new study from the University of Melbourne suggests. The research, from UniMelb economists, found poor readers at ...

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500,000 vocational students to miss out

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At least half a million young Australians won’t get the chance to develop their skills and get a better job if the government pushes ahead with a planned vocational loans overhaul, the sector warns. It’s also cautioning there could be ...

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