Patternmaker Paul Kay is now used to the idea of working by himself.
The skills shortage in the foundry sector shows there is a continuing demand for "traditional" trades.
Teacher quality is key in getting a good education.
Teacher preparation has been identified as a key factor in the quality of education. To improve the quality of the VET sector, we need to ensure teachers and trainers are qualified to teach.
There is already a substantial list of research reports, reviews and inquiries into issues in the vocational education sector which could be used to build an action plan.
We already have all the research reports, reviews and inquiries we need to make reform to the VET sector happen. What we need is proactive leadership and action.
Vocational education and training can help increase workforce participation by offering opportunities to disadvantaged groups, including women and people from rural communities.
VET needs a new set of priorities and operating principles that are fit for the future.
Teenagers’ plans for the future can affect their school work now.
Although fewer Australian teens planned on going to university or TAFE than 15 years ago, figures were still higher than the OECD average.
Basket weaving is an important cultural and economic activity in many parts of the world, including Australia.
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Basket weaving and knitting are used pejoratively to make a point but not 'manly' pursuits such as metalcrafts or woodwork.
Other states and territories could follow suit and similarly reinvest in their TAFE systems through a comparable policy initiative.
30 skill priority areas will be free from the beginning of 2019 in Victoria. Students will feel the most benefit, while private providers say the policy is not equitable.
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.
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.
For young people leaving school without completing Year 12, a VET qualification is the main way they can continue their education.
New research shows private VET providers are ill-equipped to tackle the learning needs of vulnerable young people, who are increasingly being enrolled onto these training courses.
Labor said they would establish Commonwealth Institutes of Higher Education at ten sites across Australia.
Labor's policy essentially creates a new layer of tertiary education that would involve universities and TAFE Institutes working together to deliver associate degrees and advanced diplomas.
With TAFE education under a cloud, the future of VET funding is vitally important.
A leaked paper suggests that the federal government should take over funding VET courses. But it's a path we should tread with great caution.
Deregulating TAFE would have serious impacts for the labour market.
The risks posed by deregulating the vocational education and training sector have serious impacts for large sections of the labour market.
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University isn’t the best option for everyone.
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TAFE needs to be seen as the provider of choice - not the only option.
The South Australian government has decided to largely limit funding for government-subsidised vocational courses to TAFE South Australia, the sole public training provider.
NSW Deputy Premier and Nationals leader Troy Grant kicked off his party’s election campaign launch on March 15 by speaking in Wiradjuri.
NSW Nationals' leader Troy Grant has broken new ground by speaking Wiradjuri in parliament and at his party's election launch – and it reflects a growing Indigenous language revival in NSW.
Private training organisations have been mired in controversy over sub-standard courses and unscrupulous methods to attract students. Here’s how they’re failing the system.
Recent weeks have seen various horror stories of the workings of dodgy private providers of vocational education and training, including the latest: a recall of certificates due to concerns of sub-par standards in these institutions.
A lack of female tradies means young women don’t want to pursue a trade career, despite the pay advantage.
Male domination of trades and trade courses in the automotive, construction, mining and energy sectors is entrenched above 95%, despite the substantial pay advantage compared to other trades such as hairdressing…
Vocational education is underfunded, understood by too few, and too specific to allow students to go on to further education.
The Australian government is reviewing vocational education and training qualifications. The aim is to streamline a system that has educators, employers and government baffled by its complexity. The government…
It’s rare that TAFE becomes a big election issue, but this is what has just happened in Victoria – giving new Premier Daniel Andrews a mandate to save TAFEs.
In the 40 years since its inception, rarely has TAFE featured as a central platform on which political parties win or lose votes. As such it seldom rates mentions in political campaigns as a distinct sector…