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Some students don’t have any meaningful contact with the workplace until their 20s. That’s too late. from www.shutterstock.com

Why school kids need more exposure to the world of work

Schools can't equip students with all the skills they need once they start work, especially STEM and digital skills. Here's one way they can better prepare their students for life after school.
Funding dominated the schooling space in 2017, with both sides of politics debating whose funding package benefited which schools the most, and little attention paid to how the money is best spent. Shutterstock

What’s ahead for education policy in 2018

Funding debates dominated most education policy talks in 2017, but discussions look to be extending past the dollar value in 2018 with a number of high profile reports due for release.
Regardless of your ATAR, it’s important to keep vocational pathways in mind, not as a lesser option, but as a way of getting experience in an industry you’re interested in. Shutterstock

So you’ve got your ATAR, now what? Here are some options

Students should consider all their options and remember the ATAR is just one measure that doesn't necessarily dictate how well they will do in future.
Labor will be looking to Bill Shorten’s speech to the National Press Club to reinforce the momentum that has seen the ALP ahead in the polls. Glenn Hunt/AAP

Shorten’s three major economic priorities: ‘jobs, jobs and jobs’

Bill Shorten will put creating new jobs, sustaining existing ones, and training and retraining Australian jobseekers at the heart of his economic agenda in a major speech on Tuesday.
Graduates of a 2015 Tertiary Entry Program, which paves the way into university courses, with lead author and CQUniversity’s Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous Engagement, Bronwyn Fredericks (fourth from left) and Provost Hilary Winchester (far right). Peter Lawrence/CQUniNewsPICs

Laying pathways for greater success in education for Indigenous Australians

If we're serious about closing the gap in Indigenous education, our new research shows the value of building better bridges into universities and vocational education.
Deregulating TAFE would have serious impacts for the labour market. from www.shutterstock.com

Deregulating TAFE is a big risk to the labour market

The risks posed by deregulating the vocational education and training sector have serious impacts for large sections of the labour market.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics podcast: Simon Birmingham on education reform

Michelle Grattan speaks with Simon Birmingham about his negotiations for a new higher education package, efforts to crack down on rorting in the vocational educational sector and the government's overhaul of the childcare system.
With stories of widespread rorting and dodgy dealings, how can you tell which training organisations to trust? from www.shutterstock.com.au

How to choose the right training provider

In recent times, the front pages of our newspapers have provided an almost daily reminder that some Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers are to be avoided.

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