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Shine a light on quality

It’s past time to raise the standards for VET teacher qualifications. By Erica Smith. Over the last three years, there has been considerable debate about the quality of vocational education and training teaching in Australia. This debate began in earnest ...

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Vocation? It’s all academic

  We have for more than a century used the terms “academic” and “vocational” to distinguish levels of education – and “brightness”. But are those distinctions helpful or necessary? By Stuart Middleton The use of both “academic” and “vocational” as ...

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Teaching numeracy in VET

  Numeracy is falling far behind literacy as a necessary skill. What’s the answer? A better skilled practitioner workforce is needed. By Tom Karmel We know that mathematics is one of the cornerstones of our civilisation, and those with higher ...

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The marketisation of TAFE

  State and federal governments continue to cut the heart out of TAFE institutions. But learning is about more than mere supply and demand. By Leesa Wheelahan TAFE is not a ‘provider’ of vocational education and training; it is an ...

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Globalise or perish

  The VET sector must position itself to meet the global challenge. By David Riordan Last century, much public discourse in Australia was based on the idea that the nation needed to ‘populate or perish’. Could a slight twist mean ...

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Blowing the whistle on dodgy providers

  ASQA’s chief commissioner Chris Robinson explains the need for strong regulation. By John Mitchell. How many current VET providers are shonky operators? Is it one per cent, two per cent or five per cent of the 5,000 or so ...

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An imperfect case for a new VET system

High hopes for an improved VET quality framework remain unfulfilled. By John Mitchell The initial hopes raised by VET policy papers sometimes fade a little after a second reading. This is the case with regard to the position paper recently ...

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Stop short-changing regional areas

VET in regional Victoria has been particularly hard-hit by policy changes. By Dr Peter Whitley Regional Australia is the home and workplace for approximately 29 per cent of the Australian population, with people in the bush contributing very positively to ...

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Macro view is needed in analysis

Policymakers need to consider how much value TAFEs add to industry. By Dr John Mitchell The director of a TAFE institute said to me recently that the problem with policymakers in Australia is that they focus solely on the cost ...

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