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The Scan # 178 12 April 2016

TAFE does heavy lifting - TDA 12 April 2016   |    A TAFE Directors Australia (TDA)-commissioned analysis of official data reveals ‘for profit’ private training colleges have gained a massive 75% share of the $3 billion Commonwealth VET FEE-HELP funding, while the public TAFE sector continues to do the “heavy lifting”.  The performance of Australia’s 57 TAFE Institutes emerges strongly, dominating all major state and territory VET-funded ‘fields of education’ and trade apprenticeships. While TAFE delivered 63% of enrolments across the majority of fields of education, Commonwealth allocation of student loans to TAFE fell to just 20% in 2014, and the government’s own emergency legislation to … [Read more...]

NCVER News

One and one makes three: getting smarter with data In a world of 'big data', smarter linkages between available datasets can provide new and valuable insight into education and labour markets. NCVER is working on such linkages that will enable us to obtain richer and more robust information on the VET sector. Show more... Linking NAPLAN scores to LSAY Linking statistical datasets can help to better understand youth pathways and transitions. Show more... Deconstructing apprenticeships: current Australian and UK policy reforms Research into the Australian carpentry trade reveals the importance of mentoring arrangements but apprenticeships … [Read more...]

The Scan #175 11 December 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ News __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ VET FEE-HELP skewering system   11 December 2015      |       Explosive growth in the VET FEE-HELP scheme has masked massive direct public disinvestment in vocational education and training. While a report by NCVER shows a notional growth of 1.7% in 2014 over 2013 (plus $141.0 million, from $8512.4 million to $8653.4 million), it’s all in VET-FEE Help payments: actual direct expenditure by governments, … [Read more...]

VET FEE-HELP “skewing” system

Direct public expenditure on VET dropping The Australian   |     10 December 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Explosive growth in the VET FEE-HELP scheme has masked massive direct public disinvestment in vocational education and training.  While a report by NCVER shows a notional growth of 1.7% in 2014 over 2013 (plus $141.0 million, from $8512.4 million to $8653.4 million), it’s all in VET-FEE Help payments: actual direct expenditure by governments, including the Commonwealth declined markedly VET FEE-HELP.  VET funding through state and territory governments fell almost $320m, while fee-for-service ­revenue — largely contributed by businesses — fell more than $130m. … [Read more...]

New from NCVER

More comprehensive picture of training emerges NCVER has published total VET activity (TVA) data for the first time. So what does it tell us? The data was reported by 4601 Australian providers following the introduction of mandatory reporting of training activity. This wider collection of training is the start of a transformation that will improve our understanding of Australia's training system. Show more... Creating inclusive learning environments to support students with disability or ongoing ill health The use of both institution-level learning supports and individualised reasonable adjustments improves the likelihood of students with disabilities or ongoing ill health … [Read more...]

NCVER Report: Total VET students and courses 2014

NCVER    |     10 November 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… This report provides, for the first time, an estimate of the extent and nature of all accredited vocational education and training (VET) delivered in 2014 by Australian training providers.  Information is now collected from all types of providers and not only those in receipt of Commonwealth or state funding.  Information is provided on the number of training providers, students, enrolments in programs, enrolments in subjects, hours of delivery and program completions. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Training providers This publication covers the accredited training delivered by 4601 Australian … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update Edition 627, 26 October 2015

In Focus This week I find myself a bit at a loss of what are our key messages for the sector Edition 627, 26 Oct One must try and remain positive and I remain very proud of the many private and public providers I know and respect for their genuine commitment to education. We still have a system that produces great results, though I acknowledge that gets little airplay at the moment. I also remain committed to cleaning out ACPET’s membership, with the view to ensuring we do represent those Colleges that stand for ethics and quality in tertiary education.I acknowledge we are not there yet. It has been pleasing to receive a surprising amount of support over the last few … [Read more...]

NCVER news

  Are vocational streams the key to producing a more adaptable workforce? Vocational streams could offer a framework for creating better connections between qualifications and jobs than the traditional approach based on specific skill sets for narrowly defined occupations.Show more... NCVER's research prospectus is full steam ahead Through the introduction of the new research prospectus, NCVER is investing in a range of applied research issues that governments and key employer and training provider stakeholders identify as being of highest priority to them. Show more... Recognising the prior learning of adult … [Read more...]

The Scan in June 2015

30 June  2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… In June The Scan posted 48 items but only one edition (#171) - we've been a bit busy with other things, The Scan being a pro bono sort of thing that doesn't actually put bread on the table.  Speaking of bread, the level of remuneration enjoyed by vice-chancellors was a run away winner in clicks: across the sector, it turns out our vice-chancellors are paid very well indeed by international standards .  Academic gongs, recording honours awarded to tertiary people, rated highly.  It's a curious thing that nobody at all from the VET sector, who we could identify, scored a gong for services to education and training - not a single one.   … [Read more...]

Fewer people in publicly funded training – NCVER report

30 June 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The number of people enrolled in government-funded training declined 3.5% to 1.79 million last year compared with 2013, with student numbers at TAFE continuing to fall as against private providers. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Data published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) in Government-funded students and courses 2014 show student numbers declined at TAFE and other government providers (8.8%) and community education providers (12.2%) but increased at other registered providers (8.4%) to 582 500. Overall, the number of enrolments is similar to the level in 2010. Comparing training … [Read more...]