Word from The Hill: Albanese announces more than $1 billion in federal-state TAFE funding.
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Federal Education Minister Jason Clare has committed to a “reset” of relations between government and universities, and promised more effort to boost the proportion of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, in a major speech on higher education.
Three ‘just transition’ priorities identified by the coal-mining communities of the Hunter Valley in NSW hold lessons for the rest of Australia, and the world.
The disastrous experience of vocational education and training in Australia holds many lessons about trying to fit education into a for-profit market model.
Market forces don’t work well in education. For-profit businesses are more tempted to exploit loopholes than provide quality service.
Getting into an Australian university is hard enough for many African refugees, completing their degree is even harder.
Australia has settled thousands of African refugees over the years yet fewer than one in ten go on to study in higher education.
Labor will provide a bigger tax refund than the Liberals for 3.6 million Australians.
Unveiled in his budget reply on Thursday night, Shorten said this would be the “most important investment in Medicare since Bob Hawke created it”.
If we are to close the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal people, we need to develop and staff culturally competent health-care services.
The program we’ve developed led to a 96% completion rate for one group of Aboriginal TAFE students.
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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