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