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Bonus question for new apprenticeships panel

The new expert panel on apprenticeships will grapple with some thorny issues, including accelerated training, employer bonuses – and just how important are apprenticeships anyway? The federal government is seeking expert advice on apprenticeship reform, amidst mixed signals on where ...

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Resources sector squibs training

Skill shortages don’t matter if you can simply outbid other industries. Skill shortages are unlikely to hamper the resources sector over the next decade, according to a new report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). The report, ...

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Regional TAFE fight back

26 Jul 10 | Print this story | Send this story to a friend Will regional TAFE institutes survive the Victorian VET market reforms, asks John Mitchell. The national TAFE community is listening intently for any stories about the ramifications ...

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From mass to universal higher education

Quality of education will be put under pressure as the number of students entering public universities continues to escalate in the coming years, writes Margaret Gardner. In 2009, the Australian government made a decisive step towards developing a more educated ...

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Remodelling dual-sector universities

An ambitious plan to create a dual-sector university network could redefine the tertiary education sector in regional Victoria. By David Battersby. It is often said that one of the unheralded success stories in Australian tertiary education has been that of ...

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Polytechnic positioning

Where do polytechnics fit within the emerging tertiary sector, asks John Mitchell. TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) recently released a discussion paper, ‘Blueprint for Australia’s tertiary education’, advocating a role for TAFE institutes in offering degrees supported by Commonwealth funding. One ...

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Public training getting more private

While Australia has more publicly funded VET students than ever, the private sector is claiming a steadily growing share. Private providers have received a bigger share of the public VET purse since Labor came into power federally, reflecting the influence ...

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