Category Archives: Vocational Education and Training

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.

Bigger international TVET & VET opportunities

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Click on the image above to watch the video with hints and tips on where demand is now and how you might be able to position your products, services and programs.

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The plan to expand internationally or move into new regions and countries has probably been on your to do list for a little while now.

You may have a couple of programs and resources, or a significant scope with a wide range of products and services that you suspect could have relevance in overseas markets. And it is true that many countries are looking to solve similar skills gaps and workforce issues. But what is relevant where, who do you need to connect with, and how might what you offer need to change? Read More

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

TVET/VET and Entrepreneurship

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Inspired by TVET/VET Leaders from across the world in Bonn, Germany this week, for the UNESCO UNEVOC Programme, this blog is written for you and colleagues working to improve TVET systems in your country.

Most people agree that Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET/VET) solves a number of problems but there are a number of problems with TVET/VET.  These include:

  1. Lack of flexibility and responsiveness in training
  2. Disadvantaged groups not supported
  3. Mismatch of training and skills required for jobs
  4. Specific skills gaps
  5. Unemployed or underemployed youth

Evidence of monitoring and evaluation is important and now there are many examples of people (students, employers, industry sectors) not choosing TVET or where there are a number of TVET trained graduates, the job opportunities are slim.

TVET’s biggest problem is relevance, getting skills and competencies into the curriculum to keep pace with employers, entrepreneurs and industry needs and this is aside from the requirements of future job roles. Read More

National Skills Week and VET in 2020

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Starting 28 August 2017, Australia’s National Skills Week 2017, “will communicate the emerging trends and new growth drivers connecting skills training with job outcomes.”

It is fair to say there has been a general trend of decline in Vocational Education Training (VET) enrolments, especially Australian Apprenticeships, and the main problem is out of date Training Packages, running the risk of becoming more irrelevant and even redundant.   This is because they can be boring, old fashioned, too long, with students working on ‘fake’ case studies (aka Acme Pty Ltd), lacking hands on experiences and input into implementation by industry.

For National Skills Week in 2020, imagine if Australian VET products and systems, delivery and assessment strategies, experiences that are considered second to none were on display, attracting interest from all around the world. Read More

Taiwan’s reforms to education positioning the island nation on the world stage

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The Taiwan education system produces students with some of the highest test scores in the world, with a near-perfect literacy rate of 98.70%.  Recent reforms now mandate a 12-year schooling period for the Taiwanese.

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However, there’s concerns about emphasis being placed on memorisation and examination, instead of creativity.  This leads to graduates who test well but lack critical thinking required in the ‘real world.’ 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

The world looks to Germany’s successful dual apprenticeship model

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German ApprenticesGermany is a world leader in TVET reform and progress.  It’s always been an important part of the education system in Germany.  In 2014 alone, over half a million students went through Germany’s dual model TVET system, which pairs firm-based training with a school component.  But, it’s the country’s broader qualification structure that sets it apart. Read More