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Cuts hit ‘at risk’ students

A Brotherhood of St Laurence study has found disengaged youth could be left behind by recent changes to vocational training. There is an old saying that you can judge a society by how well it looks after the most disadvantaged ...

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Tertiary pathways through partnerships

There is significant evidence to indicate that the effort and cost in negotiating and managing articulation arrangements is not matched by the numbers of students making the transition from VET to university. With the commencement in July this year of ...

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Queensland rethinks TAFE closures, sales

The Queensland government has backed away from plans to close 38 of its 82 TAFE campuses under reforms to the revamp the state’s vocational education and training sector. But it still wants to sell 13 sites and will transfer 12 ...

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Wrap-around model suits more

To improve higher certificate completion rates it is sometimes important to offer help with some basic skills, such as language and numeracy The region our institute serves in south-west Sydney has an over-representation of people who are disadvantaged. According to ...

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Time running out to save TAFE

The federal government must withhold funding from those states that continue to destroy their vocational education and training. This was a grim year for the TAFE system in Australia. Decades of investment in public vocational education are being trashed by ...

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Rich & poor, a training divide

One risk of dismantling public TAFEs is to increase the need for Australia to use the global mobile workforce. The globe is increasingly being divided between high-performing economies with an ability to withstand economic shocks and low-performing countries that lack ...

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Internet helps refugee students

The success of the Open Universities Australia scheme has been shown by four graduates who live on the troubled Thai-Burma border. Mexican-American comedian Louis C. K. writes and performs skits about “white people problems” where he parodies the ways in ...

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NBN key to teaching languages

The national broadband network will be very important in helping Australia reach the goals of the Asian Century proposals The Prime Minister’s commitment to building the Asian language competencies of Australians as an outcome of the Asian Century white paper ...

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Queensland leader welcomes reform

Kaylene Harth, institute director, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, responds to the final report of the state’s Skills and Training Taskforce. What broad opportunities do you see arising from the report’s recommendation about the future role and purpose of TAFE ...

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Getting engineers on board

New Zealand’s polytechnic colleges are well placed to help meet the call for more graduates The government is flexing its muscles on the question of supply of engineering graduates and is challenging New Zealand’s top university with getting a different ...

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