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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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Luring workers away from the coast

The training for people who work in remote areas needs to focus on lifestyle issues as well as skills. When I was developing a research proposal in 2011 focusing on skill shortages, I phoned a research colleague in Melbourne, who ...

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Flexibility key to survival

For public providers to compete with private operators they will have to adopt new teaching methods and embrace online tools In addition, the traditional champions of VET (industry organisations and local enterprises) seem to have gone remarkably quiet. I think ...

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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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