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Reports of TAFE demise exaggerated

Public providers have to concentrate on areas where they have a competitive advantage and make room for private operators, writes Rohan Cresp. Every parrot in the TAFE pet shop is chattering the same mantra: TAFE in Victoria is soon to ...

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TAFEs on a hiding to nothing

The removal of price controls on vocational education and training, such as in Victoria, has sparked a race to be the cheapest. By Leesa Wheelahan. In Victoria, TAFE will lose approximately $290 million of funding in 2013. The Victorian government ...

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Financial stress fuels regional deferrals

More than a quarter of Victorian students who defer from university don't return to study, new research says.  And of the rural and regional students who defer, 55 per cent blame financial barriers as a reason why they are not continuing with educationor ...

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Keep VET firmly in sight

If the TAFE system tumbles they will not be putting it back together again writes Pat Forward. In recent weeks in Campus Review, a number of high profile commentators have defended the deteriorating state of the VET system in Victoria. ...

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No going back on VET change

 The statistics speak for themselves, private providers in Victoria are successfully expanding access to vocational education and training and now handle 40 per cent of subsidised students.  In 2008, the Victorian government initiated what it termed “skills reform” in the ...

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TAFE union scaremongering, says Hall

Victoria’s Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall has accused a union of making misleading claims about job losses at TAFEs during a series of rallies at rural and regional institutions. Hall said the Australian Education Union (AEU) statement that ...

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VET debate is ‘out of balance’

The bad performance of some VET providers should not overshadow the good job that the majority of private operators are doing in Victoria says Peter Hall. It is disappointing that yet again in recent weeks, commentary in Campus Review and ...

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TAFEs power regional economies

Skills Victoria’s implementation of market-based VET funding has raised some fundamental issues for the sector. The implementation has prompted stakeholders to express concern about whether the era of industry leadership of VET is now over, replaced by student entitlement, and ...

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Doctoral scholarship a dream come true

A Victorian scholarship program is helping turn dreams into reality for Sayali Shah. The 25-year-old student from Pune, in the Indian state of Maharashtra, is one of seven Indian PhD students last week awarded the Victoria India Doctoral Scholarship in ...

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VET student entitlement schemes flawed

In recent months Skills Victoria’s experimentation with market-based VET funding has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Despite attempts by the Victorian government to maintain a positive narrative, stories have emerged in the Victorian Parliament and in ...

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