Home | VET & TAFE (page 30)

VET & TAFE

Great Wall of opportunity

In a letter from Guangzhou, Stuart Middleton asks why Australia and New Zealand don’t train more Chinese tradespeople. I have come up to China with a civic delegation from Auckland with all the trappings that go with that – banquets, ...

More »

Back to future for VET

The recently released Skills for All Australians, as the advance organiser for the COAG discussions, provides a capstone for a process commenced by the Prime Minister when she was minister for education.  As the minister, Julia Gillard gave a number ...

More »

Should nursing be a four-year degree?

Some healthcare leaders argue that undergraduates need an extra year of study? Three experienced nurses share their views.  Nursing is a four-year program in many parts of the world but remains a three-year undergraduate degree in Australia and New Zealand. ...

More »

Leadership, now that’s a good idea

Higher education management seems to have moved away from the basic idea of helping students successfully complete their courses.  I gave a little speech the other day on leadership in higher education. Much of it was pretty standard stuff until ...

More »

UWS farewells Margaret Whitlam

On the morning of March 17 we awoke to the news that one of Australia’s greatest and most dearly loved daughters had died peacefully during the course of the night. Gough rather famously referred to Margaret Whitlam as “my best appointment”. ...

More »

Older but no wiser

Fiona Wood asks if ERA should be doing something more useful than just stocktaking.Did you know that more than half the world’s 7 billion people are under 30 years of age? And that 90 per cent of these youthful people ...

More »

End of the line – if the cap fits

Pro-vice chancellor for global reach and pedagogical integrity, Professor Mal Sway, stares ruefully out of his office window as the dean of engineering, Professor Les Spanner, enters the room to talk about student enrolments. Professor Sway: Did you hear what ...

More »

VET needs external assessors

Skills Australia CEO Robin Shreeve wonders why the VET sector with thousands of providers  has not followed the school approach of having external Boards of Studies award qualifications.  One part of the Prime Minister’s recent skills statement was unexpected. That ...

More »

Visions for VET

The COAG discussion of VET reform in April will implode, with most states rejecting Canberra’s attempt to control the VET agenda. The Victorian state budget, with Treasury usurping Peter Hall, will include a massive reduction in funds for VET, to ...

More »