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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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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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VET briefs

VET graduate outcomes at the click of a button Information on employment outcomes for VET graduates can now be accessed in an interactive online resource. SOS Online, developed by the NCVER, can assist career counsellors and parents in helping young people ...

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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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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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