Month: June 2017

SUPPORTING VET TEACHERS TO IMPROVE TRAINING QUALITY

Thirteen passionate teachers working in Victoria’s training sector will boost their skills and improve their career opportunities thanks to the Victorian Government. Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney today announced the successful applicants for the 2017 Skills First Academic Grants, which are open to teachers working in the Victorian Government-funded training system. The successful …

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The hard facts about soft skills

Our education system tends to organise around technical skills – but soft skills deserve equal weight. The school curriculum is divided into subject streams like mathematics and history. VET teaching teams and departments deliver domain specific skills like technical drawing or hairdressing or accounting. Training packages are designed with technical skills front and centre. Higher …

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Could apprenticeships bring VET and higher education together?

The Commonwealth’s 2017 Budget announced the establishment of the Skilling Australians Fund – a $1.5 billion allocation through to 2020-21 that will require matching funding from the states and territories. The Fund prioritises apprenticeships, traineeships, pre-apprenticeships, higher level apprenticeships, occupations in high demand, and areas with growth potential. The National Centre for Vocational Education Research …

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CPD for the VET Workforce – what should it look like?

Australia continually revisits the debate about how to recognise continuing professional development for VET professionals Despite widespread agreement about the value of CPD, we continue to revisit an unresolved debate about the virtues of establishing a nationally recognised CPD system for VET professionals. An NCVER paper released in May throws light on why this debate …

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