Workplace Development

Are pre-apprenticeships worthwhile?

The Mackenzie Institute’s latest paper, by Tom Karmel, explores whether pre-apprenticeships and other forms of pre-vocational education are worth the effort. As a preparation and taster of a particular occupation pre-voc. courses make sense. But because of the large number of Cert I and II qualifications that might have at least some vocational focus it’s easiest to …

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Industry innovation, skills and training needs: The impact of COVID

Lisel O’Dwyer has been busy lately! In this paper she looks at how businesses have responded to the pandemic and the extent to which innovation was an element of their response. Three industries are case studied:  manufacturing, healthcare and hospitality and tourism. It also looks at the implications for VET. Innovating or adapting in response to COVID? …

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Introducing VETASSESS: Gold Sponsor of the VDC Teaching & Learning Conference

The VET sector has found itself at the heart of the debate around how to address Australia’s skills shortage as the nation moves towards a post-COVID economic recovery. Governments and industry are looking to us for solutions for how to encourage people into a vocational career and to train them to be work-ready. As educators, …

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Messages from ‘vocational voices’

These insights can be captured either by listening to the podcast or reading the transcript from this session at NCVER’s No frills conference. However, you access it we hope you find it interesting. NCVER’s Steve Davis interviewed VET stalwarts Professor John Buchanan from Sydney University, Megan Lilly from the Australian industry Group, Michael Hartman from …

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Getting to grips with vocational excellence: What’s it mean?

What is vocational excellence? Sure, it’s about high-quality education and training, but it’s also focused on work relevance and the attractiveness of educational programs to both learners and employers. We can also look at vocational excellence from a provider perspective and the vocational excellence providers should be fostering in their learners. Both are important. Fostering …

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Just released: New VDC webinar recordings

As part of VDC’s Professional Learning Solutions we have added several new sessions to our extensive range of one-hour webinar recordings under relevant topic areas for VET Practitioners and emerging leaders. Now available for download for only $55. New sessions available include: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Assessment Mapping Effective Industry Engagement Strategies Positively Influencing Behavioural …

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