Federal Labor is promising to cover the cost of 465,000 TAFE places, including 45,000 new places. But there’s a chronic shortage of VET teachers and trainers, so that problem has to be fixed first.
Australia’s VET system has been in an uphill battle with reforms that have led to lower-quality training and misappropriation of resources.
VET certification standards differ greatly from university. Students qualify for diplomas with no set course length, assignments, or campus contact.
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.
There’s a unique opportunity to reform the VET sector.
Within a few months of coming to office the Abbott government established a Vocational and Education and Training (VET) Reform Taskforce. Over the past two years there have been three separate parliamentary…