Month: July 2018

2018 VDC Conference

Introducing Keynote Dr. John Flett: Digital technology challenges Designing, developing and implementing training solutions for business and industry is becoming increasingly complex as the number of learning tools and applications continues to grow and expand. Further complicating things is the widening gap between organisations that have already begun to engage with technology, and those will …

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Taking a hard look at the AQF

The AQF was established in 1995, and last reviewed between 2009 and 2011. This year the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, has appointed an expert panel of six, chaired by Professor Peter Noonan to review it again. The review’s website can be found here. The review will involve broad public …

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VDC Official Opening Ceremony

From left: VDC CEO Martin Powell, VDC Board Members Belinda McLennan & Dr Mike Brown, The Minister for Training and Skills, The Hon. Gayle Tierney, VDC Board Member Kirsten Bright and Lisa Line (CEO The Gordon Institute of TAFE) The Victorian Minister for Training and Skills, the Honourable Gayle Tierney formally opened the new VET …

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Reviewing the VET Regulator Act

In 2017 Canberra-based academic Valerie Braithwaite was asked to review the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act (the NVETR Act) of 2011. This act “underpins the operations of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).” The report, submitted at the end of January 2018 has now been considered by the Commonwealth. It makes 23 recommendations. …

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TAFE and its Contribution to Victoria

KPMG were commissioned by the Victorian TAFE Association “to undertake an analysis of the contribution of TAFEs to Victoria’s prosperity.” They found that “Victorian TAFEs are uniquely placed to position their students to take advantage of substantial disruption being caused by technological and structural changes in the economy.” The report presents a series of infographics …

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The 2018 AVETRA Practitioner Research Conference: Some highlights

Late April saw this conference held at the VET Development Centre in Melbourne’s CBD. Thursday’s sessions were a series of workshops. Friday offered a keynote, 19 papers and two further workshops at the end of the day. The papers and workshops covered a wide range of topics: from conducting research and institutional developing research capacity …

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Building confidence in VET Practice: 4th Annual Conference on VET Teaching and VET Teacher Education

The 2018 ACDEVEG conference will be held in Melbourne on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December at CQ University Melbourne Campus. The call for papers and workshop proposals is here, together with the templates for proposals for research papers and workshops. The closing date is 30 July. Papers and workshops proposals must relate to VET teaching/training, or VET teacher qualifications/professional …

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