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NCVER “No Frills” Conference

The 24th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’ will focus on three key areas vital to developing the VET system and meeting future skills demand: Youth: engaging, inspiring and supporting students to realise their potential Pathways: transitioning through education and training into the workforce Skills: working with industry and employers to improve education and training 'No Frills' is a well-known annual national conference where researchers and those engaged in the vocational education and training (VET) sector come together to present, discuss and share information about key issues confronting the sector and network in a relaxed and … [Read more...]

NCVER News #342 17 December 2014

Transitions of young Australians continue to change If you’re looking for a snapshot of recent research and data on young people in Australia, take a look at Youth transitions in Australia: a moving picture. Incorporating a summary from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth annual report, it includes: How students’ aspirations affect educational outcomes. The importance of schools in transition to post-school study and academic success. Data on post-school qualifications and employment. For more information: Youth transitions in Australia: a moving picture Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) annual report 2013  Does scored VET in Schools help or hinder … [Read more...]

Macquarie takes a new path

17 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Macquarie University is to end an 18 year association with private provider Navitas to establish its own c ollege for domestic and international students seeking a pathway from high school into university.. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… The University’s pathway programs are currently managed by the private higher education company Navitas through the Sydney Institute of Business and Technology (SIBT),  which operates the university’s city campus. SIBT has been providing pre-university Certificate and Diploma Programs. Upon successful completion of a SIBT Diploma, students can enter the appropriate Macquarie … [Read more...]

Focus to shift to school trade training

The Australian  |     7 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Abbott government will encourage more students to undertake school-based apprenticeships and move away from the focus on higher education, in a dramatic change in approach from Labor. ………………………………………………………………………………………………… Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley said the number of people achieving formal trade qualifications was far too low and there was an overwhelming belief across schools, industry, trainers and governments that the national framework for vocational education and training in schools should be modernised. Ms Ley has told TAFE Directors Australia that new careers advice would be … [Read more...]

New University of Western Sydney College for Bankstown

UWS Media Centre | 20 February 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The University of Western Sydney is expanding its highly successful pathways program – UWSCollege – with the opening of a new multi-million dollar facility at the University’s Bankstown campus. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The new UWSCollege Bankstown building was officially opened on 20 February 2014 by the Federal Minister for Education,  Christopher Pyne. The university says UWSCollege is having a transformative effect on students’ lives and the higher education participation rates in Greater Western Sydney, with thousands of students having successfully enrolled in and completed a … [Read more...]

UWS launches inter-disciplinary program “shaping future leaders”

UWS News Centre | 26 February 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… The University of Western Sydney has launched The Academy  which has an emphasis on student volunteering, ethical leadership and creating a new generation of ‘citizen scholars’. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Academy brings together the best and brightest students from across Greater Western Sydney who clearly demonstrate a commitment to using their opportunities in life to give back to society and to create a better world. While undertaking their advanced academic studies, students in The Academy also participate in programs focused on civic engagement and citizenship – professional … [Read more...]

Research project to help VET students achieve at uni

UTAS Newsroom    |     5 March 2013 The University of Tasmania (UTAS) has been awarded $219,000 in funding, by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, to lead new research into developing maths pathways for vocational education and training (VET) students to gain the skills required to succeed in their university courses. Professor Sue Kilpatrick, Director of the Centre for University Pathways and Partnerships (CUPP) leads a team from UTAS, Flinders University, University of Notre Dame Australia and James Cook University.  The universities will be joined by with their VET partners, including the Tasmanian Polytechnic and Skills Institute. Kilpatrick says the work … [Read more...]