International Education by the numbers

VET makes an important contribution to the success of Australia’s third biggest export earner: international education. In 2015, total export income from international education was $19.4b – that figure includes students studying onshore and offshore earnings from providing education related services. The onshore component is far and away the greatest slice of the action at …

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VET levels the playing field

New research shows school students with low reading skills can secure good learning and employment outcomes through VET. The University Of Melbourne – Melbourne Institute latest paper entitled What happens to students with low reading proficiency at 15? Evidence from Australia (42 pages, October 2016) examines the VET pathway for school students. The abstract on …

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CEO Message: Emotional Intelligence

“Leading Emotionally Intelligent in the workplace”, to help you grow emotional competencies in your organisation As the VET workplace continues to evolve, making room for new technologies and innovations, VDC has been looking into options that can help you in this changing environment. It’s no secret that leaders with emotional intelligence are better able to …

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Teaching VET in Australia

Federation University TAFE’s Clare Rasmussen explored European professional development systems. She brought back some ideas Australia’s VET system could consider. Earlier this year Claire Rasmussen, Director of VET Practice at Federation University TAFE, completed a Fellowship through the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISSI) which took her to Switzerland and the UK. Concerned by the lack …

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Redesigning Tertiary Education in New Zealand

New Zealand is posing new ideas for tertiary education. It’s seeking an innovative balance student interests, provider innovation, economic demands and social needs. Last November, the NZ Government tossed and interesting brief to the NZ Productivity Commission – investigate how trends in technology, internationalisation, population, tuition costs and demand for skills may drive changes in …

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Setting the Right Course Fee in VET for participation

On 5 October 2016, Minister Simon Birmingham announced the new VET Student Loan Program including the capping of VET student loan amounts. Subject to the passage of legislation, the highly publicised VET Student Loans program will commence on 1 January 2017, replacing the current VET FEE‑HELP scheme, which will cease on 31 December 2016. In September 2016,  Mitchell Institute Victoria University, Melbourne proposed …

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