Australia loses female talent at every stage of the STEM pipeline. A program in which educators and industry work together to help women gain in-demand skills is one piece in the puzzle.
Many African parents push their children to go to university regardless of their preparedness or interest. But more find happiness and success in VET.
International students in Australia are actively comparing their situation during the pandemic with their peers in other countries.
Students in Australia and overseas are actively comparing their experiences during the pandemic. Countries that support them well will gain an edge in a competitive global education market.
LSAY is one of the biggest and oldest surveys of its kind in the world. It follows young Australians from the age of 15 to 25 to find out what helps and hinders them along the way.
Of the students with jobs, 60% lost them and and two-thirds of the rest had hours cut. As they struggled, and often failed, to get rents and tuition fees reduced, precarious lives became even harder.
‘These Australians deserve a greater sense of security’, Albanese said.
In this first of a series of “vision statements” Albanese has sought to send the messages that Labor under his leadership is focused on jobs, is looking to the future and is not afraid of change.
Once qualified, men who did a popular engineering-related VET course often worked in high-paid fields such as construction or manufacturing.
Students with lower ATARs generally have lower lifetime earnings. But a Grattan Institute report found low ATAR men could earn more doing a VET course than a bachelor degree in their chosen field.
The VET sector is struggling to keep up with the rapid changes in industry.
In April 2019, the government-commissioned Joyce review made 71 recommendations to reform the VET sector. Here's what the report said, and what the government is doing about it.
Trade apprenticeships are male-dominated and already have a high level of support.
Both major parties have promised more money to help boost apprenticeship numbers, including by providing incentives to employers. But history shows this isn't the best way to spend public dollars.
How do the major parties’ education commitments stack up?
If you're confused about all the millions and billions thrown around for education by the two major parties, here's the low-down on what the policies actually mean.
The vocational education sector has an important role to play in social inclusion of disadvantaged groups in learning and work.
VET’s role in employable skill development is critical. But we also need to strongly support the role VET plays in getting disadvantaged groups into education and work.
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.
If we don’t respect plumbing as an occupation, how will we respect the system that trains plumbers?
Many young Australians and their parents don't consider VET as a potential post-school pathway, even if it might be more suitable for them than university.
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.
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Innovation and Science Australia chair Bill Ferris launched a report this week setting out a plan that seeks to put Australia into the top tier of innovation nations by 2030.
Is school the most important part of education?
We take a closer look at some of the common claims made this year to see if there is any truth to them.
A year of high expectations, yet little action.
Gonski funding was scrapped and the vocational education sector got a new student loan system. Here's what else happened in education this year...
Spending on vocational education has declined.
While spending has grown for preschools, schools and universities, vocational education misses out.
Vocational education plays a role in providing opportunities for low-achieving school students to engage further in study and get a job.
Vocational Education and Training helps low school achievers up skill and avoid disadvantage in the workplace.
Some 478 courses, including one in hairdressing creative leadership, will not be subsidised from 2017.
The government is right to cut back on funding certain VET courses that have low-enrolment rates and are unlikely to lead to work.