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TAFE SA review – recommendations and priorities

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TAFE SA’s website states that they are the ‘Largest vocational education and training provider in Australia’?

With critical non-compliance as the outcome of a recent ASQA report, these 2 part videos outlines 13 areas of recommendations and priorities for the TAFE SA review.

Part 1

Part 2

PS. Here is a link to the TAFE SA Senate Inquiry with a report by 28 February 2018.

Lessons from the German VET system – could ASQA be redundant?

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In Bonn, Germany this week working with UNESCO UNEVOC, Wendy Perry met with Philipp Grollman from Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB) to learn about the German VET system, compared with Australia and others around the world.  Please watch the quick 4 minute video til the end and read all of the blog, then share your ideas. Read More

‘Elephant’ in the room for Australia’s VET sector

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Whilst Australia’s VET sector has been plagued with poor behaviour and outcomes for students over VET FEE-HELP there was an elephant in the room at the recent COAG Industry and Skills Council meeting.

With discussion on the recent budget announcement about the Skilling Australians Fund aiming to prioritise apprenticeships and traineeships in high demand there are two key questions to ask:

  1. what evidence do we have of demand? and;
  2. the fund, “…will be financed by the Government’s reforms that require employers who nominate foreign workers under the new Temporary Skill Shortage visa and certain permanent visas to pay a Skilling Australians Fund contribution from March 2018.”

That seems like a very precarious link!Apprenticeship

Council highlighted that, “Importantly project proposals will need to demonstrate engagement with, and support from, employers and industry.”

Which relates to the ‘elephant’ … Read More

WorkReady – stalemate to solution for South Australia

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On Friday Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham published a media release title The Training Ball is in Your Court Jay and clearly he is not impressed.

The Advertiser published the story, State Government’s decision to redirect training funding away from private providers to TAFE could see Canberra withhold its $65 million.Flickr_-_law_keven_-_Let's_go_to_work....

Minister Gail Gago’s press release back on 21 May 2015 had the headline New list of subsidised training courses focuses on jobs and with Jay Weatherill arriving back from the China delegation on the weekend a formal response hasn’t yet been seen but no doubt it will soon. Read More

WorkReady – shake rattle and roll for VET in South Australia

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When the announcement was made last Thursday about WorkReady’s new subsidised training list I made this video WorkReady announcement pre-blog stating that I needed to sleep on the blog that I had written.  This is the blog after I slept on it for three nights as there was more to think through than I first thought.

There have certainly been signs that Vocational Education and Training (VET) in South Australia is set for a shake up.  Back on 17 January 2015 the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) suggested that providers needed more funding certainty with an article published in The Advertiser.

JobsThe Training and Skills Commission in their Skills for Future Jobs five year plan, called for the introduction a of capacity management system linked with a smaller number of quality providers.

Skills for All was launched back in 2012 and whilst there have been changes to make the VET system in SA more job outcomes focused, WorkReady seems to take a 180 degree different approach although this may have been lost in communication. Read More