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Attracting and Retaining Women Tradies in Regional Australia

Attracting and Retaining Women Tradies in Regional Australia

Encouraging women into TAFE to learn trades could help fill major skills shortages in regional Australia. Yet despite major efforts from government, industry and education providers the number of women in the manual trades in Australia has barely shifted over the past 20 years.
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Why vocational education matters now more than ever

Why vocational education matters now more than ever

Anne Jones looks at how we can design education to nurture the capabilities needed for an active and equitable citizenship in a digital society.
TAFE in Australia: beyond survival

TAFE in Australia: beyond survival

TAFE colleges and campuses across Australia have been significant key public education institutions for over four decades. The educational mission and breadth of the important work that TAFE does is unfortunately not well understood or recognised.
New VET Student Loans don't solve the problems with income contingent loans

New VET Student Loans don't solve the problems with income contingent loans

In December 2016, the notorious VET FEE-HELP scheme was replaced with a new scheme – VET Student Loans. The Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, claimed the new scheme would “secure the future and reputation of Australia’s high quality vocational education and training system.”
Apprenticeships and TAFE: worth fighting for

Apprenticeships and TAFE: worth fighting for

Apprenticeships are again the flavour of the month, as they tend to be every once in a while. It seems it’s easier to talk about these things than actually do anything about them, isn’t it?
The future for TAFE in Australia

The future for TAFE in Australia

Australian vocational education is beset by several big problems that have accumulated and enlarged over decades.