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Market more important than outcomes

By focusing on the business of vocational education and training, rather than good training, we are devaluing a once strong system. The ABC 7.30 Report early this month looked at alleged dodgy training in vocational education and training. It explained ...

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Frankenstein devours its creators

An eminent economist believes the Victorian training policy mess is an example of a text book model banging up against the real world. Around Australia, treasury officials and policy advisers are sitting on review committees reconstructing the VET sector. Unfortunately, ...

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Bring down the barricades

The various sectors in education have become rigid and fenced off, stifling meaningful development of learning as a whole. It was not done lightly when they named the parts of Berlin after the Second World War that had come to ...

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The great sugar debate

Remember economist Rory Robertson who bet Doomsday forecaster Steve Keen a walk to Mt Kosciuszko over house prices not crashing during the GFC? Well he’s at it again and this time he’s taking on University of Sydney nutritionists Jennie Brand-Miller ...

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Unsocial side of networking

A new study has found that nearly 90 per cent of jilted lovers are guilty of post-break up cyber spying. According to a masters thesis written by a student at  University of Western Ontario, Canada, as many as 88 per ...

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Multiple pathways may be the future

The notion that all students can thrive in a similar comprehensive school system is failing and different methods have to be embraced. Make no mistake about it, there is a mood for change. Patience with the performance of school systems ...

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Industry seeks to restore confidence

The ACCI wants vocational education and training reform to be guided more by industry demand, rather than providers and students. Public confidence in the VET system has again been shaken, as a result of more reports of alleged shonky providers ...

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Some miss out in Skills for All

The devil is in the detail for South Australia’s new training initiative The South Australian government’s $194 million roll out of the Skills for All program has stalled as the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology (DFEEST) has ...

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The Screen: a scary picture

The great, open online university with students sitting in front of computers all day does not seem to be as successful as some people predicted. Almost overnight there appears to be the whiff of cultural revolt in the air. It’s ...

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SHELL helps train oil & gas engineers at UWA

A new breed of engineering graduates from the University of Western Australia promises to lead the search, recovery and production of oil and gas into the future. For the first time, Shell’s “Introduction to Upstream Business” course has allowed 32 ...

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