Month: August 2017

Careers advice for school leavers needs a shake-up

Too often, lack of information and awareness sees VET options undervalued or overlooked Submissions have started rolling in to the Inquiry into school to work transition being conducted by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training. The submissions, available online, make interesting reading. The need for balanced careers advice TAFE Directors …

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Effective leadership shapes high performing workplaces

But Australia underinvests in developing leadership skills. Formal leadership qualifications, professional development workshops, coaching and mentoring are commonly assumed to be appropriate ways to nurture leadership attributes. But data from Melbourne University’s Centre for Workplace Leadership might cause us to ask whether Australian industry is cutting corners when it comes to developing leadership skills through …

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Differing trends for apprenticeship & traineeship commencements

Traineeships are in trouble, but apprenticeships are in better shape than we’re led to believe The Mitchell Institute has scoured the data on apprenticeships and offers a cheerier assessment than the headlines frequently convey. Apprenticeship commencements are flat to be sure, but they are not in terminal decline. The problem is that the headlines rely …

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What’s the role of the Australian Industry Skills Committee?

Linking industry stakeholders and the VET system is central to its work The Australian Industry Skills Committee (AISC) has two important roles. As the AISC’s website explains, the first role is to advise ‘Commonwealth and State Industry and Skills Ministers on the implementation of national vocational education and training policies.’ The second role is to …

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CEO Message – Industry Engagement for Teachers and Practitioners

Connection to industry is integral to delivering programs with high levels of employability outcomes.  This can often be challenging, particularly for secondary teachers delivering vocational subjects. The VDC in partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and Training has developed an industry emersion program to help close the gap between secondary teachers and industry.  The …

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