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Rethinking compulsory work placement – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

There has been much discussion, including as part of the Australian Universities Accord (Accord) review, on the cost of compulsory work placements for learners. This impacts TAFE students as much as university students. The problem is that to take the time to do the work placement means students have to be absent from their regular full or part time jobs. For most students that is a considerable imposition and significant loss of income.

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TAFE and intergenerational capability building – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

The sixth Intergenerational Report was released last week. This report predicts Australia’s future to 2063. In the Treasurer’s foreword, Dr Jim Chalmers identifies the main impacts of change including digitalisation, new technologies and energy transformation. He goes on to say that one of the actions needed is to “build the skills and capabilities of our workforce”.

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The power of TAFE collaboration –  comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

Increasingly TAFEs are collaborating to deliver outcomes that are priorities for Australia. The most recent example was in this newsletter last Monday where we profiled Wodonga TAFE’s leadership of Joint Technical Trades training for the Australian Defence Force. The partners include TAFEs in other States such as TAFE Queensland and South Metropolitan TAFE WA, other Victorian TAFEs including Chisholm and Bendigo Kangan Institutes, and dual sector university TDA members from Victoria (RMIT) and from the Northern Territory (CDU).

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The role of community providers in the mix of RTO – comment by CEO Jenny Dodd

Last week, Don Perlgut, CEO of Community Colleges Australia, challenged the language being used by Department officials regarding the perpetuation of VET as a ‘market’. Don proposed that applying ‘market’ to the new tender arrangements for the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program needs to be questioned. Don stated that “the term underlies and reinforces a philosophy that endorses the view that private, competitive provision of VET services, including to disadvantaged learners, is the best means to skill Australia.”

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A journey of growth and impact: 36 years at TAFE Queensland – comment by Mary Campbell

As I reflect on my 36-year journey with TAFE Queensland, the last 20 years spent in leadership positions and the most recent six as the Chief Executive Officer, I am filled with a profound sense of pride and gratitude. While TAFE Queensland shaped my professional life, I most admire the pivotal role it has played in the economic and social prosperity of our communities across Queensland.

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