Growing Focus on Apprenticeship Reforms

Another voice has entered the debate. NSW Business Chamber seeks far-reaching apprenticeship reforms. The Chamber’s proposals include system redesign, changes to VET for school students and a national careers advice service. On 23 November, the NSW Business Chamber launched a report proposing substantial reforms. Laying the foundations for apprenticeship reform (56 pages) is intended as …

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Feedback invited on draft Foundation Skills Professional Standards Framework

A National Foundation Skills Strategy project has produced a great resource for the professional development of foundation skills practitioners. If you are after a good model for a workforce capability framework then you can do no better than take a swing through the draft Foundation Skills Professional Standards Framework (14 pages). The Framework was developed …

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VET is key in securing transitions for the Auto industry

Imminent auto industry changes provide an opening for new skills formation, upskilling and reskilling demands for VET providers. Manufacturer’s Monthly recently reported on solid short term prospects for manufacturing (‘Outlook for manufacturing export industry positive’). The last VDC newsletter highlighted VET’s long term role in maintaining Australia’s position among leading manufacturing nations (‘Australia’s manufacturing future …

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CEO Message: 2016 Australia Malaysia ‘Towards 2020’ Visit

The VDC was recently privileged to host Ms. Sri Valli Suppiah, Senior Principal Assistant Director Industry Liaison and Employability Division Department of Polytechnic Education Higher Education Ministry Malaysia. Sri is the recipient of the 2016 Australia Malaysia ‘Towards 2020’ Scholarships Executive Award. The objective of the Scholarships is to support Malaysia to engage in professional …

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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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