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.
As the unfolding funding catastrophe in TAFE and vocational education was revealed again this week, it has elicited calls from those who have been at the forefront of the introduction of Income Contingent Loans into the sector to further expand them to lower level VET qualifications. As the magnitude of this disaster unfolds, it makes no sense that those at the forefront of the creation of a VET market espouse a further shift of funding responsibility for the sector onto individual students.
TAFE institutions, students and teachers dominated at the 2017 Australian Training Awards.
A brief examination of the meteoric rise of Careers Australia, and the implications for students, teachers and the vocational education sector.
Mary Faraone reflects on the future of TAFE and concludes that "the trick is to be ready for opportunities and develop a vision that respects and is loyal to the past but looks to the future."
Effective skills formation is essential to our national economic and social wellbeing. It will be the difference between whether as a nation we prosper or decline.