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Understanding the new VET professional

The VET professional will more than ever need to be autonomous, independent, critical, appreciative of the broader social and civic goals of education and training while also being a teacher who is intellectually gymnastic, writes Ros Brennan Kemmis. Discussions around ...

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Jockeying for equity

It would be naive to think that challenging the new equity policy environment, and jockeying for position within it, are just political moves. They are also about what equity is and how it can be addressed, says Trevor Gale. In ...

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PPP should fund non-qualifications: AiG

Skills Australia has given limited support to a call by the Australian Industry Group for the federal government’s $2 billion Productivity Places Program (PPP) to fund training of skill sets as well as fully fledged qualifications. AiGroup policy manager Michael ...

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Driving change at Sydney

Social inclusion is very much on the radar of the University of Sydney’s vice-chancellor Dr Michael Spence, writes Julie Hare. There a saying that vice-chancellors of Group of Eight universities like to drag out when describing their august institutions: elite ...

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The case for an early start

UK experience shows that scholarships help, but they are not the key to an equitable system, says Martin Harris. When higher fees were introduced in the UK in 2006 for full-time undergraduate students, there was widespread concern that this would ...

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2025: getting the focus sharper

Universities always seem to meet government targets, but something, usually quality, gives along the way, writes Jane den Hollander. The vision for Australia where 40 per cent of our citizens are educated to at least bachelor degree level and where ...

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Hope and obstacles surround green skills

Will the excitement around green skills and sustainability move past the phase of popcorn popping? It was unusual to watch a friend of mine, a card-carrying member of the National Party, applaud the president of the ACTU. We were seated ...

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Holmesglen receives nursing places

TAFE-delivered nursing degrees will become a reality from August, after education minister Julia Gillard approved Holmesglen Institute of TAFE’s application to offer 40 Commonwealth-supported nursing places next semester. The approval concludes a process that’s taken Holmesglen two and a half ...

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Jobs compact also about training: Rudd

Work-based training is one of the objectives of the $650 million Jobs Fund which the federal government agreed to with cross-bench senators Brown and Fielding during February negotiations over the government’s $42 billion economic stimulus package. Announcing details of the ...

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