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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.
Maintaining community confidence in the value of VET qualifications is essential for a functioning labour market. shutterstock

Australia’s VET system needs fundamental change – here’s how it can be fixed

Lured by government subsidies, registered training organisations are enrolling people into VET courses that do not match their needs and for which there is a dubious case at best for taxpayer support.
A bust of Hendrik Verwoerd, the architect of apartheid. Verwoerd believed that black people should know their place – and that included staying away from ‘white’ jobs. Juda Ngwenya/Reuters

History explains why black South Africans still mistrust vocational training

Vocational training is regarded as "low status" in South Africa. Much of the negativity around technical and vocational work seems to lie in the country's history.
Should the Federal government take over from the states in funding vocational education and training? AAP/Lukas Coch

Should the federal government take over vocational training?

The Federal Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne has recently added his support to the proposal for the federal government to take over full responsibility for funding Vocational Education and Training.
Vocational training shouldn’t be dismissed as an easy, lazy alternative to completing formal schooling. From www.shutterstock.com

Vocational training is not an easy alternative to formal schooling

Modern vocational programmes must prepare students for complex work which demands a skills and knowledge mix that is different but not necessarily easier than school subjects.
Ghana’s education system has been slammed in a new global report. Could making schools more culturally savvy fix the problem? Nic Bothma/EPA

Respecting culture could fix Ghana schools' problems

Critics of Ghana's education system suggest that making local cultural values a fundamental part of the education system will create a happier, more harmonious society.
Manchester Town Hall. Will education be part of greater devolution? Dave Wood Liverpool Images

Don’t leave schools out of new deals for city regions

It’s 25 years since the abolition of the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA). Its passing marked a turning point: local control over education in Britain has never been the same again. Now plans led…

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