Month: October 2017

Student mindset matters for learning success

Believing you can improve through hard work Every three years the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) undertakes the Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA. Australia participates in the data collection which evaluates 15 year old students’ performance in maths, science and reading. PISA collects information about what contributes to both good and …

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Hands-on innovation

Applied research as part of VET’s job description The drones are coming. They’ll assist farmers to seed crops and better monitor water use. They’ll assist emergency services to assess critical incident damage and pinpoint response priorities. They’ll complete building inspections. Drones will deliver parcels from retail outlets, and your pizzas. Drone technology applications will soon …

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The Australian jobs landscape

Employability skills often count for more in job search than technical skills Australian Jobs 2017 (48 pages) is intended ‘to support job seekers, careers intermediaries, those considering future training and work, and people interested in labour market issues.’ Sounds like a VET professional’s position description. The Commonwealth Department of Employment report was released mid-year along …

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CEO Message – 2017 Victorian Training Awards

The 2017 Victorian Training Awards have again celebrated the outstanding achievements of students, teachers, vocational staff, employers and training providers across the state. This year VDC was proud to sponsor the Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award. The award recognises innovation and excellence by a teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students in the Victorian training …

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International perspectives on VET

Evaluating Australia’s VET system by comparing it with VET in other nations VET professionals are close observers of policies, programs and regulatory regimes that influence student opportunities and outcomes, and influence how we design, deliver and assess training. Adept responses to constant change in VET system governance and funding models characterises good professional practice, and …

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VET in Schools merits top marks

VETiS lays a strong foundation for further study and work The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has researched VET in Schools (VETiS) for more than 20 years. By revisiting data from studies conducted over that time, and linking them to 2011 Census data, the Centre has constructed an assessment of the impact and …

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VET – investing in Australia’s social and economic future

Two state governments recently released VET investment plans for 2017-18. VET is worth it. Ask the community. In 2016, there were an estimated 4.2 million VET students – that’s one in four Australians aged 15-64. VET participation is higher than its partner in tertiary education – in 2016, Australian universities enrolled 1.3 million students (including …

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