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Trainers may never become teachers

Does the basic qualification for a VET trainer provide the foundation for development as a professional teacher, asks John Mitchell. There is continuing debate in the VET sector about the value of the minimum qualification required for a trainer and ...

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Youth compact to squeeze existing places

Kevin Rudd’s compact with Australia’s youth, which was announced with much fanfare just two weeks ago, has been overlooked in last week’s budget. Instead of attracting new money, it is expected the 135,000 estimated places will be funded via a ...

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VET briefs

Informal learning examined NCVER last week released ‘Informal learning at a glance’, which examines learning in various contexts, from the workplace to the home, and through technology and the mass media. Informal learning, by far the most prevalent form of ...

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The ABC of university governance

Public universities which place a strong emphasis on academic, business and corporate governance are afforded the best prospects of long-term success, says Garry Carnegie. Organisations of all types require the achievement and maintenance of good or effective governance. Indeed, organisations ...

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Beyond the maze

Are we about to embark on a new age of evidence-based policy, asks Robin Ryan. April’s AVETRA conference once again met the high standard of organisation and quality content that has been established in recent years. As in any good ...

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Practising good principles

The English language competency of staff as well as students represents a significant challenge to universities, says Judy Nagy. The recently released good practice principles for English language proficiency for international students in Australian universities are an important contribution to ...

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PPP rates to remain

The federal government has no immediate plans to review the funding arrangements under its $2 billion Productivity Places Program (PPP), despite mounting evidence the scheme isn’t qualifying people in key skill shortage areas because the rates it offers are too ...

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TAFE ramps up its competitiveness

Will Victorian TAFE institutes flourish or flounder in the more competitive environment after 30 June, asks John Mithcell. There is considerable interest around the VET sector about how well TAFE institutes in Victoria are preparing for the implementation of the ...

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International investment

Having built a profound asset in international education, universities now need to think even more creatively about the future, says Daryl Le Grew. Whichever way you look at it, the performance of Australian universities in international education is stellar. Creating ...

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Putting research on the policy agenda

Other countries are increasing their investment in basic research capacity to attract inwards investment, as well as to capture the broader benefits that flow from university research. Ian Chubb argues there is the need for a new policy setting for ...

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