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Red sky at night, sailors’ delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning Red sky mornings in North Eastern Australia portend the dangers of the fire season facing Australia this summer. As if that’s not enough, the red morning sky forewarns troubling economic times ahead, akin to the 1990s recession. Vocational education rose to the challenge then. Is it ready again?
For those at last week’s TDA Convention, I figure you’ve had enough words. Here’s just a few.
Kazan, Russia is the top of the world this week when it comes to skills, and we have our Skillaroos drawn from the VET sector conquering that mountain.
Its’ fair to say that the policy landscape at present is littered with government reviews and policy positions from the full sweep of stakeholders concerned for tertiary education in Australia.
Heated agreement makes a change for the VET sector and TAFEs. The Prime Minister and first ministers should be congratulated for their joint agreement on Friday to position TAFEs on the same footing as universities.
ASQA released a very important report this past week, but it seems other matters were occupying the mind of Ministers.
I suspect we are immune to sales techniques and attuned to value. Special deals dominate our retail experience. Boxing Day sales have lost their edge and discounts are a permanent feature. Once price discounts fail, do you notice the move to promises of value that seem too good to be true – stronger, brighter, slimmer ….?
Whether it’s planning or luck, the international speakers for this year’s TDA Convention in September in Brisbane present a distinct Commonwealth flavour – England, Canada and New Zealand. Accompanied by a panel of Australian experts, we’ll be ready for our very own Commonwealth Games!
There’s been encouraging news for vocational education this past fortnight or so. On separate occasions the Prime Minister and Minister for Skills, Senator Michaelia Cash have said: “We believe that learning through a vocational education is just as valuable as a university degree, so we want to transform the way we deliver skills, support employers and fund training.” Word for word – a unity ticket. A good one. It’s unusual in political discourse but in this case, I suspect it’s by design.
Just because an Aboriginal family is in straitened times, do not assume they do not harbour aspirations. This was the best advice I received from a senior public servant whom I respect immensely. He knew, as he had held a very senior role in the Northern Territory Government.
As we anticipate Parliament this week passing tax cuts, we may be excused for missing the important milestone in Australia’s vocational education and training. Today marks the start of a new reign of quality in vocational education and training in Australia!
Digital disruption of the workplace will require a significant re-look at how workers are educated and trained for work, a new report has found.
This past week saw further news about the continuing slide in apprenticeship and traineeship numbers. It was accompanied by the obligatory wringing of hands followed by the predictable call for governments to do something about it.
Paul Keating once famously said John Hewson was “simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up”! Today, TAFEs are the spine waiting for the shiver.
This week I return to the topic of VET qualifications following a hiatus due to the election and reporting back on our study tour to Canada and the US supported by two of our industry partners, CISCO and Optus.