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Uni/TAFE merger to go ahead

p>The state’s first dual-sector university was given the green light with the Newman government signing an agreement to merge Central Queensland University (CQU) with the Central Queensland Institute of TAFE (CQ TAFE). By Antonia Maiolo. Education minister John-Paul Langbroek said ...

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Another way to work it

It’s a good time for alternate approaches to lowering youth unemployment, such as the trade diploma.  By Bruce Mackenzie. One of the imponderables of government policy relates to the future of vocational education and training in Australia. In just over ...

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Where the middle road leads

Study finds age, field have biggest impact on effectiveness of mid-level qualifications. By Nick Fredman Vocational certificates have traditionally been tied to the trades, and bachelor’s degrees to the professions. What’s the labour market niche for those qualifications that fall ...

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The carer crisis looms

Is anything more important than refugee boats and the price of carbon? One CEO says yes – if you’re paying attention. By John Mitchell. With the federal election looming, the national media is consumed by a narrow range of issues, ...

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All’s well for dream facility

New Sunshine Coast health and well-being precinct ready to serve the region. By Leeza Boyce. All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that ...

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Good reform comes in small packages

p>The growth of the training package model is unsustainable under today’s system. Change is necessary – and it needs to be smarter, rather than bigger. By John Hart From training entitlements to transparency measures, the current pace and scale of ...

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Training dollars must hit the target

The days of copious government funding for VET programs are over, so spending wisely is critical. By Jim Barron Here we are in the latter throes of the election campaign and every stakeholder group is shouting its loudest to be ...

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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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