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VET completion rates underestimated: skills council

A report challenging claims of low VET completion rates has sparked a spat between the service industries skills council and the national VET research centre. A report commissioned by the service industries’ skills council has revealed retail training completion rates ...

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Choice in education carries a risk

Choosing wisely does not come easily to students so perhaps a little judicious guidance would not go astray. There is some irony that the word “choice” has won a firm place in the lexicon of youth as a word of ...

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No country for straw men

Service Skills Australia’s report on the measurement of non-completions impugns the integrity of the NCVER’s statistics, says managing director Tom Karmel. Here is his rejoinder. The National Centre for Vocational Education Research takes its role as the national statistical agency ...

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The right referral? Lessons from the NVR

The NVR experience provides lessons for the federal government’s next shot at grabbing state powers – over health, for example. The federal government might have secured the peak TAFE bodies’ support for its legislative program to establish a national VET ...

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Why degrees belong in a TAFE environment

Achieving diversity in education will require fundamental changes to the current system, says TDA’s Bruce Mackenzie The current higher education institution classification system and the funding arrangements supporting it limit development and are socially detrimental, Bruce MacKenzie, chair of TAFE ...

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Demand-driven VET needs talent at the top

Why are vocational education managers and leaders given scant attention asks John Mitchell. On International Women’s Day, it was uncomfortable to watch a few members of the audience of the ABC’s panel show Q&A taking some cheap shots at the ...

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Institutional wealth a vexed question

Ability to attract private funding dictates capability in NZ tertiary sector writes Stuart Middleton Education is funded in two ways. First it is funded by public expenditure (that is by people paying taxes of which a proportion is passed on ...

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Empirical barriers

Publicly funded VET doesn’t meet the minimum conditions that would make it viable to contract it out, argues Phil Toner. At the request of the Council of Australian Governments, the Productivity Commission (PC) recently undertook an examination of the publicly ...

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Training tomorrow’s teachers

The Melbourne Master of Teaching is a more expensive and complex model of teacher preparation, but the demands and expectations on teachers have changed. Nothing less should be considered acceptable, writes Stephen Dinham. The importance of quality teaching to student ...

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Get real about future jobs

The purpose of the university is to prepare people to contribute to society through high-level thinking, writes Stuart Middleton As educational professionals we are letting ourselves down by the continual use of wishy-washy statements about the purpose of education. We ...

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