New voices are emerging in the national debate about the direction of VET and the future of TAFE, and these voices provide some hope for those people who have been concerned over the last four to five years about the simplistic arguments used by the supporters of “market design”.
Australia, like many Western education systems, places a strong emphasis on completing school and gaining skills for the workplace.
TAFE is a beacon of hope and opportunity for the client base of the National Welfare Rights Network. The attempted dismantling of TAFE by conservative governments must be resisted if we are to maintain a society which is founded on equality and opportunity.
As we gear up to celebrate National TAFE Day for 2015, it is important to remind ourselves of the year that has passed – and the importance of TAFE to the Australian community.
As a researcher and analyst in the vocational education and training (VET) sector, over the last five years I have monitored two very different worlds within the sector, and the two worlds seem to be growing even further apart.