Workplace Development

The Federal Budget 2020-21: Support to take on and keep apprentices and trainees

The recent Budget and VET? It’s mostly all about support for apprentices and trainees as we highlight the treasurer’s speech and a number of the budget papers. But there are other things there too. First, the federal government has established the $1 billion JobTrainer fund to create up to 340,000 free or low‑cost training places …

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Focusing on Industry Engagement

The 2020 VDC Virtual Teaching & Learning Conference focuses on an area within the VET sector that is often seen as challenging, Engagement. VDC has listened to your feedback and designed highly interactive virtual workshops on engaging with industry. The Keynote Presentations and Professional Learning Sessions with the theme of VET teaching and learning strategies for engaging …

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A skills-led reboot for Australia post COVID?

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) suggest that, pre-COVID-19, “Australia was already in a prolonged productivity slump.” They believe that’s set to worsen unless the nation upskills – and fast! What’s happened? Their paper, “Where next for skills? How business-led upskilling can reboot Australia,” published in August this year, is summarised through the link just above. COVID-19 has challenged …

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New VOCED Landmark report released

Griffith University’s  Steven Hodge has authored a paper that provides an overview of training and assessment issues covered in the VET sector’s landmark reports highlighted on VOCEDPlus. Beginning with Kangan, he works through the three pivotal papers released during the Dawkins era (and described in the paper as the transformative trilogy!) as well as the …

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WAVE’s interactive OctoberVET webinar

Join Women in Adult and Vocational Education (WAVE) for an interactive OctoberVET webinar focusing on gender, disability, VET and careers. Thursday 29 October 2020 1.30pm to 3:30pm (AEDT) Speakers include: Dr Lizzie Knight – Victoria University and Secretary or AVETRA Jen Cousins – TAFE SA Dr Karen O’Reilly-Briggs – La Trobe University Michelle Circelli – …

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VET in schools numbers up in 2019

VET in Schools for 2019 shows there were 17 100 school-based apprentices and trainees and 218 700 students undertaking other VET in Schools programs, a total of 235 800 in all. Overall, this number is up 2.2% on 2018, but school-based apprentices and trainee numbers are down 5.2%. The report shows that while just over …

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