Thursday 23 May 2019

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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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CBE holds promise, but be careful – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

May 6, 2019

In last week’s newsletter I said I’d explore the dimensions of competency-based training (CBT), triggered by my discomfort that competency-based education appears ready as the breakthrough for North American tertiary education.

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Let’s look at the building blocks of VET – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

April 29, 2019

I still remember the look of surprise in response to my show of disdain.

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The values we hold determine what we pursue – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

April 23, 2019

This Easter weekend has seen a welcome reprieve from electioneering, even though we are only just over 20 per cent of the way through.

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Counting the cost of closing the Endeavour Program – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

April 15, 2019

Australia’s education diplomacy seems to have become a disposable commodity, if the decision of the Morrison Government to terminate the Endeavour Leadership Program is any indication.

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Something bigger than Delivering skills for today and tomorrow – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

April 8, 2019

You may be expecting this week views on the Joyce Review. His insights and recommendations deserve longer reflection than the five days since its release have allowed.

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Launching of the Kangan II manifesto – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

April 1, 2019

TAFE Directors Australia is today announcing its manifesto for the future of tertiary education and for restoring balance between universities and TAFEs. It reflects the spirit of the 1970s Kangan report which laid the foundation for the TAFE model - engagement with community, development of knowledge and skills to grow ...

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Simply not good enough – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

March 25, 2019

There are sweet spots in life. For me it’s the return of the men’s AFL (Australian Football League for our international readers -– Australia’s national obsession which some describe as a cross between Grid Iron without the protective gear, world football and ping-pong – go figure!). The season really started ...

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Let’s aim for mutual benefit – comment by CEO Craig Robertson

March 18, 2019

The law of international trade says that countries export those goods and services they can produce efficiently and in excess of domestic demand, and in return import from countries which can produce and ship other items more cheaply. It’s no surprise, therefore, that Australia’s trade culture grew out of our ...

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