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Education spending ‘incoherent’: Mitchell Institute

An education policy and research body has rebuked the government for its approach to sector funding, calling it “disjointed”. Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute, in its report, Expenditure on Education and Training in Australia 2017, based its view on 2015-16 federal, state ...

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Project will elevate the status of VET

Australia’s National Apprentice Employment Network (NAEN) has welcomed a new initiative that will promote the range of careers available through VET. The Real Skills for Real Careers project was launched by the federal government today and will champion the benefits ...

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Report shows value of vocational education

Vocational education needs to be recognised as a valuable career choice rather than as a second-class option compared with university studies, experts say. The value of TAFE courses has been brought to the forefront with the release of a report ...

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BCA calls for tertiary education rethink

The Business Council of Australia has released a discussion paper which proposes an overhaul of the tertiary education sector. The paper, titled Future-Proof: Protecting Australians Through Education and Skills, argues that as the world of work is rapidly changing, Australia ...

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VET programs open doors to skilled careers

The VET in Schools (VETiS) program has a high success rate of putting students in jobs, a new study has found. Conducted by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), the study found that five years after participating in ...

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Education leader praises Asia’s VET sector

In the 1990s, Peter Noonan says, our VET sector was the envy of the rest of the Asia-Pacific. Now, the professor of tertiary education policy at Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute thinks it might be the other way round. At a recent Hong Kong-based ...

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TAFE warns government: ‘Don’t fund uni diplomas’

Following a brief budget uplift, it’s been a tumultuous time for the vocational education sector. TAFE enrolment numbers have plummeted in NSW and Victoria, causing TAFE NSW to announce plans to self-accredit. To make matters worse, the government’s National Innovation and ...

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Indigenous gap closing thanks to VET

Indigenous youths are becoming more educated, and are thereby helping to Close the Gap, according to a new report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). Increased Indigenous vocational completions are driving this change, though they remain behind ...

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