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PPP funding arrangements “perverse”

Funding arrangements for the Productivity Places Program (PPP) have given rise to “a perverse set of delivery arrangements”, a senior bureaucrat told this month’s Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association conference.

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Learning through reflection

Reflection is both a starting point and a tipping point for improving self-perception, and in turn, the nature and quality of vocational learning, says Larry Smith. During 2008, Berwyn Clayton from Victoria University and I interviewed a wide range of ...

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Finishing is the important factor

Completing an apprenticeship or traineeship delivers significant financial and employment advantages. New research from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research has found that recently completed apprentices and trainees who were employed full-time in 2008 earned 16 per cent more ...

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Paying dividends

We need more deeply understand the complexity of different student contexts and how they play out in modern, tertiary institutions, says Liz Harman. The government focus on students is welcome. In her speech at the Universities Australia Conference on 4 ...

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Broadband raises questions about VET

Will improved broadband do more than simply let VET providers share larger files with their students, asks John Mitchell. The unexpected announcement that the federal government will invest $43 billion in rolling out a broadband network over the next eight ...

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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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Decisive strategy-making succeeds

What are the lessons for providers from the controversial government tender for employment services? The federal government faced a public relations backlash following the recent announcement that respected church-based organisations such as the Wesley Mission had lost their contracts to ...

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