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Applications open for VET infrastructure grants Applications from public sector and large community VET providers for funding under the $200 million Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow (TIIT) program are now open. While consortia of industry and community bodies can be ...

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Our gift to the world

Australian higher education and the world: has the Bradley report got it right, asks Simon Marginson. Are we optimising the global position of Australian higher education? International students are now 26 per cent of all Australian universities students, 20 per ...

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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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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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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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