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We’re entering the fourth industrial revolution, which isn’t a bad thing. But it does mean we need to take action. from shutterstock.com

Jobs are changing, and fast. Here’s what the VET sector (and employers) need to do to keep up

Training providers and employers aren't adapting fast enough to meet the skill needs thrown up by the fourth industrial revolution.
When professionals, like pharmacists, are able to communicate in many languages, everyone benefits. AS Photo Studio/Shutterstock

How South Africa’s universities are making more students multilingual

Vocation specific language courses can encourage both linguistic and cultural awareness. They can equip students with the basics they need to communicate.
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. www.shutterstock.com

The vocational education sector needs a plan and action, not more talk

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.
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.

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