Apprenticeships: the key for work integrated learning

Industry and governments across the globe value apprenticeships because they positively influence social outcomes and economic growth. Apprenticeships are held in high regard internationally as a valuable model of work-integrated learning. One strength of the model is that it can only work when there is an enduring tripartite partnership between industry, training providers and government. …

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Skills First in Victoria

Victoria’s new training system starts in January 2017, with a big focus on quality across the system and an explicit statement on the role of public providers. On 26 August the Victorian government unveiled Skills First – a new design for the state’s VET system which will commence operation on 1 January 2017. Skills First …

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VDC Visits KOTO College in Vietnam

Senior Project Manager Sharon Waitzer couldn’t miss the opportunity to see the KOTO Training School first hand whilst in Vietnam as well as experience a cooking class. Sharon reports… Whilst on a cycling holiday across Vietnam, I accepted an invitation to go to KOTO College in Ha Noi and meet Jimmy Pham the Founder of KOTO. …

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Keeping apprentices engaged

A new NCVER good practice guide homes in on the characteristics of employers with the highest apprenticeship completion rates. The National Centre for Vocation Education Research (NCVER) has released another in its series of Good Practice Guides. A guide to providing social support for apprentices (4 pages) provides a tight summary of the actions that …

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Effective partnerships for vocational learning in secondary schools

In 2015 there were 257,000 VET in Schools (VETiS) students in Australia. Strong partnerships between schools and training providers are essential for effective VETiS provision. According to NCVER data, 257,000 secondary school students were enrolled in VETiS programs in 2015, including school-based apprentices and trainees. Interest in applied and vocational learning among secondary school students …

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