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VET: the good, the bad and the unlikely

AEU     |    30 April 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Abbott Government has been erratic in vocational education, as in many other areas, in its first 18 months of office, writes Gavin Moodie, on the Australian Education Union's Stop TAFE Cuts website. It started badly with early decisions to reduce quality controls, appoint supporters to key government advisory posts and further cut unions from contributing to policy on vocational education. These decisions seemed to have been driven more by ideological fervor and rewarding party supporters than evidence of what is good for vocational education, its students and the interest groups which governments these days … [Read more...]

ACPET slams AEU study

ACPET NMU     |     16 February 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… ACPET CEO Rod Camm writes that the recent report by Workplace Research Centre at the University of Sydney – commissioned by the Australian Education Union – which claims that large private training college chains have been generating extraordinary profit margins on the back of their recent access to public subsidies is seriously flawed. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… I remember a former Prime Minister coining the phrase ‘Life wasn’t meant to be easy.’ I can only imagine he was thinking about VET. The importance of the sector can never be overstated. Skills shortages will again become the … [Read more...]

The Scan 13 February 2015

Edition # 166 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Higher ed reforms referred back to Committee 12 February 2015 | Labor, the Greens and four independent senators (Senators Xenophon, Lambie, Muir, Rhiannon and Lazarus) have joined forces to establish another inquiry into higher education reform, to report by 17 March. The committee will consider alternatives to deregulation, likely future demand for places and implications on student loans, research infrastructure and regional provision. The inquiry will also look to investigate “the appropriateness and accuracy of government … [Read more...]

Federal Research Officer – AEU

A temporary position of research officer is available at the Federal Office of the Australian Education Union for the period ending 30 November 2015. An attractive salary and superannuation package applies. The position description, and other details about applying can be found here. Applications should be marked confidential and addressed to the Federal Secretary, Australian Education Union, PO Box 1158, South Melbourne, Victoria, 3205 or by email aeu@aeufederal.org.au and should be received no later than COB, Wednesday 18 February 2015. … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 9 February 2015

  Rod Camm defends private provision I recognise that (unfortunately) education is a very political issue, particularly at the moment. I would hope we are all in the industry to provide outstanding education to students. We have an internationally recognised quality system. If you are following the current debate, you may have trouble believing this! Various elements of the vocational education and training sector are using the debate to further their own arguments, which is undermining confidence in our system. What a surprise that the Australian Education Union has released a report that labels privatisation a ‘disaster’. They are certain that a TAFE monopoly is the only … [Read more...]

TAFE a substantial “public asset”

 25 November 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… As a Senate committee prepares to inquire into broad VET funding and regulatory issues, a cross-party House of Representatives committee has come out strongly in support of the TAFE sector and its unique economic and social contributions to communities.   ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Committee chair Ewen Jones, a Liberal National Party MP, said the “intrinsic value of TAFE as an Australian asset” had been evident throughout the inquiry. “This report’s main message is a strong emphasis on the value of TAFE in the Australian community … and the committee believes the Australian government should acknowledge … [Read more...]

TAFE: the essential ingredient

8  September 2014 Click images to enlarge ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… In late April 2012, the Victorian Coalition government, building on the skills reform initiative of its Labor predecessor, unleashed its own radical model of vocational education and training (VET) market reforms.  Basically, these reforms opened up the public funding of VET to virtually all comers and removed any dedicated funding to sustain the public character of TAFE (the public VET provider network).  Most commentators predicted that these reforms would undermine the TAFE sector and, with it, the whole VET system.  After the passage of a couple of years, those commentators can … [Read more...]

The Scan | 4 July 2014 | #156

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Govt sets VET deregulation agenda 4 July 2014    |    The government has set out its deregulatory intentions for vocational training, signalling a shift away from “gateway control” to “responsive regulation”. Speaking at a skills summit organised by the Australian Council of Private Education and Training and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, industry minister Ian Macfarlane said the government had “revisited” the work of the now abolished National Skills Standards Council (NSCC) and released new draft standards … [Read more...]

The Scan # 149 15 May 2014

___________________________________________________________________________________________ ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Higher education Higher education spending will rise appreciably in 2014-15, from $8.7 billion to $10.9 billion (25%), with the extension of the demand driven system to sub-bachelor places and non-university higher education providers. Modest further growth is forecast out to 2017-18, to $11.8 billion (9%). The key elements of higher education spending in the 2014-15 Budget, according to Universities Australia. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Extending the demand driven system to sub-bachelor places and non-university … [Read more...]

TAFE: getting the job done

The Age | 31 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Writing in The Age recently (Getting the job done, The Age, March 31), Claire Field (chief executive officer for the Australian Council for Private Education and Training) observed that reform always throws up winners and losers, and the training sector is no different. According to Field, the winners in the case of market-oriented VET reforms "are industry and individual students - and taxpayers who invest billions of dollars in training and skills development. The losers are those with self-interest, and who refuse to reform at the expense of the community." The Australian Education Union's Meredith Peace … [Read more...]