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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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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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