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Carrots not necessary for successful traineeships: report

Incentive payments aren’t the main driver of traineeships, and many employers participate even when subsidies aren’t available because they’re convinced of the benefits, according to a new NCVER report. The report, ‘High-quality traineeships: identifying what works’, says research findings don’t ...

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Taking a long-term view of participation

Social policy aimed at early intervention is the key to educational success for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, writes Ross Homel. The educational journey to university study begins early. Children learn first from their parents and siblings to lay the foundations ...

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The AQF challenge

The new AQF needs to be explicit about how it will be developed by building in an expectation of change, writes Conor King. One challenge for any reform proposal is how well it pre-supposes future change. Too often one rigid ...

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The six Ps

The six principles of equity are partnerships, pathways, policy, pedagogies, places and possibilities, write Sam Sellar and Trevor Gale. If we are to redress the significant under-representation of particular groups in Australian higher education, we will need to find a ...

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On a two-way street

AEI recently published data on the gender distribution of international students. It makes interesting reading, writes Paul Rodan. Unlike their domestic counterparts, international higher education students are predominantly male (53 per cent), but the disparity varies, predictably, between nationalities. Of ...

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Upturn presents new challenges: Shreeve

The United Kingdom may be able to learn more from Australia than we can from it when it comes to VET, according to Skills Australia’s new CEO Robin Shreeve. In his first interview since taking up the position earlier this ...

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Reconciling learning and skilling

Can learning and skilling coexist in the market-based regime in Victoria, asks John Mitchell. There has been considerable consternation among VET providers in Victoria over the past 18 months that new government policies around market reform would swing the emphasis ...

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VET briefs

New taskforce to plan workforce needs for resource projects The federal government has announced the formation of the national resource sector employment taskforce, which will examine workforce needs for about 80 major resource projects anticipated over the next decade. The ...

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Unprecedented competition & global surveillance

Australia may now be trying to unravel the link between education and migration. But for other countries it’s full steam ahead, writes Lesleyanne Hawthorne. There is unprecedented competition for international students. In the context of demographic change, large numbers of ...

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New apprenticeship program

The federal government has announced a $100 million investment to support apprenticeships this summer, on the back of findings that trade apprenticeship commencements have slumped 20 per cent as a result of the global financial crisis. The ‘Apprentice Kickstart’ program ...

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