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Let’s test VET’s value proposition – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

July 15, 2019

There’s been encouraging news for vocational education this past fortnight or so. On separate occasions the Prime Minister and Minister for Skills, Senator Michaelia Cash have said: "We believe that learning through a vocational education is just as valuable as a university degree, so we want to transform the way we ...

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Self-determination with a heart – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

July 8, 2019

Just because an Aboriginal family is in straitened times, do not assume they do not harbour aspirations. This was the best advice I received from a senior public servant whom I respect immensely. He knew, as he had held a very senior role in the Northern Territory Government.

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A new start – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

July 1, 2019

As we anticipate Parliament this week passing tax cuts, we may be excused for missing the important milestone in Australia’s vocational education and training. Today marks the start of a new reign of quality in vocational education and training in Australia!

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Let’s converge – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

June 24, 2019

I wonder if your heart sank when you heard the media stories two weeks ago about a report from Deloitte. It smashed out of the park the fear that the automation and digitisation boom will run Australia out of jobs.

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TDA 2019 Convention: The Power of TAFE launched – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

June 17, 2019

Digital disruption of the workplace will require a significant re-look at how workers are educated and trained for work, a new report has found.

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Is apprenticeship the canary in the VET cave? – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

June 11, 2019

This past week saw further news about the continuing slide in apprenticeship and traineeship numbers. It was accompanied by the obligatory wringing of hands followed by the predictable call for governments to do something about it.

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A spine in need of a shiver – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

June 3, 2019

Paul Keating once famously said John Hewson was "simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up"! Today, TAFEs are the spine waiting for the shiver.

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Get with the times, VET – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

May 27, 2019

This week I return to the topic of VET qualifications following a hiatus due to the election and reporting back on our study tour to Canada and the US supported by two of our industry partners, CISCO and Optus.

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Let’s learn from Hawke – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

May 20, 2019

Reflecting on the death of Bob Hawke, the 23rd prime minister of Australia, on the eve of the federal election and contemplating a Morrison government, causes me to think that we’ve lost sight of the heavy lifting VET can do for the economy.

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High trust, high value, please – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

May 13, 2019

Several weeks ago I said my aspiration for VET, well TAFEs at least, was for high value, high trust. These words rang true this past week in our study tour of Canada and the US, supported by our industry partners, CISCO and Optus. The tour included meetings with colleges in ...

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