Thursday 20 September 2018

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I cried some tears for the Australian VET sector this past week – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

September 17, 2018

I’ve been in Brazil meeting with education leaders and attended the conference of CONIF, the network of Federal Technical Institutes.

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Top mandarin’s verdict on Australia’s VET system – ‘devalued’, ‘fragmented’, ‘chaotic’

September 10, 2018

One of the country’s most senior former public servants, Terry Moran, has delivered a scathing assessment of the VET sector, saying it lacks a coherent national strategy, describing it as “fragmented and devalued”.

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Where to now for tertiary education? Comment by TDA Chief Executive Craig Robertson

September 3, 2018

Educationalists say they can tell a lot from the way a teacher sets out their teaching space. Well-ordered rows of desks signal a trickle-down approach to teaching - knowledge is imparted from the front of the class. Flexible spaces point to an educator who approaches learning as a social task ...

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Canberra’s policy makers hear why TAFE is a treasured national resource – TAFE meets Parliament 2018

August 27, 2018

More than 50 federal ministers, MPs and senators joined TAFE representatives in Canberra last week for the inaugural ‘TAFE meets Parliament’ event at Parliament House.

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Comment by CEO Craig Robertson – Real careers need real skills

August 20, 2018

How many times do you hear people say ‘it’s a job’ in a dispirited assignation that it’s temporary or simply a stepping stone?

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Keeping up with the population pressure: Comment by CEO Craig Robertson

August 13, 2018

On Tuesday last week the resident population of Australia ticked over 25 million.

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What a week for vocational education!

August 6, 2018

Last week raised further alarm about the state of vocational education and training in Australia and showed there are many prepared to put in the hard graft to rebuild the sector.

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NSW Auditor-General says courses should be pruned from subsidised skills list

July 30, 2018

The NSW Auditor-General, Margaret Crawford, has recommended changes to the state government’s ‘Smart and Skilled’ program to better match training subsidies to priority skills needs.

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Australia’s VET system better than Germany’s, skills minister says

July 23, 2018

Germany’s vocational education and training system – widely regarded as one of the best in the world – is not as good as Australia’s, according to the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews.

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Six reasons behind the decline in training, VET expert says

July 16, 2018

VET sector researcher and analyst Linda Simon has dissected the latest figures on government funded training to identify the key factors behind declining activity.

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