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No going back on VET change

 The statistics speak for themselves, private providers in Victoria are successfully expanding access to vocational education and training and now handle 40 per cent of subsidised students.  In 2008, the Victorian government initiated what it termed “skills reform” in the ...

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CEO defends TAFE after TEQSA audit

High rates of attrition in some bachelor degree programs at a Victorian TAFE are not as unusual as they might seem, says the institute’s chief, but could be reduced if students had access to Commonwealth funding. Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, ...

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COAG uncertainty on skills reform

A federal government threat to redirect the $9 billion for national skills development away from state and territory coffers has not caused a rush to sign up for the revised agreement. The states and territories are still poring over the ...

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VET special reports

This week we feature a number of news stories and comment pieces that cover the main issues in the vocational educational training sector. Those issues include the ongoing debate about the value of the public versus the private sector. They ...

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TAFE union scaremongering, says Hall

Victoria’s Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall has accused a union of making misleading claims about job losses at TAFEs during a series of rallies at rural and regional institutions. Hall said the Australian Education Union (AEU) statement that ...

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Detail on reform needed, say TAFE chiefs

A ministerial speech on the Gillard government plan for major skills reform lacks the detail the VET sector is seeking, say TAFE Directors Australia (TDA). TDA chief executive Martin Riordan told Campus Review the speech by Tertiary Education and Skills ...

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A middle ground in the VET debate

There is room for public and private institutions in the sector, but to say no change is needed is wrong and risks us missing great opportunities, writes Rod Camm. I am watching with interest the current public debate on VET ...

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VET ‘a forgotten corner’ by Gonski

Experts in the sector say the Gonski review has ignored an opportunity to advance vocational education in The number of students doing Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools programs has steadily increased in recent years from 171,700 in 2006 to ...

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