The Australian | 1 November 2012
Robust, standalone qualifications are key for addressing technical skill gaps in the workforce, RMIT vice-chancellor Margaret Gardner, told a recent conference on the future of med-level (AQF 5-6) qualifications.
But Australia is “weak” on valuing diplomas and associate degrees as effective qualifications in their own right, according to Gardner and she warned of a looming gap in mid-level technical skills in the economy because the focus of diplomas and associate degrees was too often limited to their role as degree pathways.
She said Australia is in danger of “missing the boat” in developing the necessary mid-level technical and para-professional skills for the economy.
If we think that the only meaning to a AQF level 5 and 6 is preparation for a level 7 then that will be a fundamental impoverishment of our understanding of great tertiary education.