CEO Message – 2017 Victorian Training Awards

The 2017 Victorian Training Awards have again celebrated the outstanding achievements of students, teachers, vocational staff, employers and training providers across the state. This year VDC was proud to sponsor the Teacher/Trainer of the Year Award. The award recognises innovation and excellence by a teacher/trainer providing nationally recognised training to students in the Victorian training …

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International perspectives on VET

Evaluating Australia’s VET system by comparing it with VET in other nations VET professionals are close observers of policies, programs and regulatory regimes that influence student opportunities and outcomes, and influence how we design, deliver and assess training. Adept responses to constant change in VET system governance and funding models characterises good professional practice, and …

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VET in Schools merits top marks

VETiS lays a strong foundation for further study and work The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has researched VET in Schools (VETiS) for more than 20 years. By revisiting data from studies conducted over that time, and linking them to 2011 Census data, the Centre has constructed an assessment of the impact and …

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VET – investing in Australia’s social and economic future

Two state governments recently released VET investment plans for 2017-18. VET is worth it. Ask the community. In 2016, there were an estimated 4.2 million VET students – that’s one in four Australians aged 15-64. VET participation is higher than its partner in tertiary education – in 2016, Australian universities enrolled 1.3 million students (including …

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2017 VDC Thought Leaders Seminar – PUTTING VET IN THE SPOTLIGHT with Carolyn Miller

The 2017 VDC Thought Leaders Seminar VDC is a free event that will hosted at the new VDC Training Facilities in Melbourne on Tuesday 10 October 2017 3.30pm – 5pm. We are honoured to present Carolyn Miller, a Creative advertising and Marketing and well known panellist from ABC TV’s Gruen as our guest speaker. Through …

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Training the existing workforce – Rewards and Challenges

Understanding what employers want and need from trainers and RTOs There are rewards and challenges in delivering training to existing workers. Trainers who bring high quality, customised training to workplaces get a personal and professional lift from contributing to employees’ confidence and capabilities, and to an employer’s continued viability. RTOs get other dividends too, like …

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Trade Teachers Speaking!

A new blog provides an outlet for trade teachers to have their say The teacher’s voice can sometimes go unheard in the midst of vigorous debates about policy and strategy and VET system structures and training package content. Those debates often leave little room for dwelling on immediate and day-to-day concerns of teachers, the great …

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When VET is at its Best

A new guide to international best practice in professional and technical education The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) was formed in 2002 in Melbourne. Today it brings together some 4,000 professional and technical education and training providers across the globe. (Pushing our local Australian barrow for a moment – the CEO of TAFE …

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Careers advice for school leavers needs a shake-up

Too often, lack of information and awareness sees VET options undervalued or overlooked Submissions have started rolling in to the Inquiry into school to work transition being conducted by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Employment, Education and Training. The submissions, available online, make interesting reading. The need for balanced careers advice TAFE Directors …

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Effective leadership shapes high performing workplaces

But Australia underinvests in developing leadership skills. Formal leadership qualifications, professional development workshops, coaching and mentoring are commonly assumed to be appropriate ways to nurture leadership attributes. But data from Melbourne University’s Centre for Workplace Leadership might cause us to ask whether Australian industry is cutting corners when it comes to developing leadership skills through …

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