Month: December 2016

Securing future work for young people

The future is clouded for young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET). Their options are narrowing quickly. (See a recent VDC newsletter article, 1 in 8 Young Australians are ‘NEET’, for more). PwC’s Young Workers Index offers international benchmarks on preparing young people for work. Australia is slipping in the rankings. …

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NCVER No Frills Conference 2017 – Call for Presenters

If you are interested in presenting at the 26th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’? The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is now accepting abstracts for both oral and poster presentations from industry, practitioners, policy makers and researchers. We strongly encourage both new and experienced presenters to apply. Why present? …

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Growing Focus on Apprenticeship Reforms

Another voice has entered the debate. NSW Business Chamber seeks far-reaching apprenticeship reforms. The Chamber’s proposals include system redesign, changes to VET for school students and a national careers advice service. On 23 November, the NSW Business Chamber launched a report proposing substantial reforms. Laying the foundations for apprenticeship reform (56 pages) is intended as …

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Feedback invited on draft Foundation Skills Professional Standards Framework

A National Foundation Skills Strategy project has produced a great resource for the professional development of foundation skills practitioners. If you are after a good model for a workforce capability framework then you can do no better than take a swing through the draft Foundation Skills Professional Standards Framework (14 pages). The Framework was developed …

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