VET Blog

Growth in Kiribati requires mobility and skills for employment

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Kiribati, an island republic in the Central Pacific, has recorded 2.9% economic growth between 2011 and 2015 – thanks to continued finance by development partners. New projects include roads, airports, solid waste management and sanitation.

According to the Asian Development Outlook 2017, growth will be even bigger in 2018. This is spurred by Solomon Airlines launching a new route in between Kiribati’s capital Tarawa and Brisbane (via Honiara in Solomon Islands).

Two additional major projects include a $50 million water supply project in South Tarawa and a further $30 million will be injected into developing roads, marine landings and airfields on surrounding islands. Read More

For TAFE Directors eyes only

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Fill in the form below and we will email you a set of 15 questions to ask your team members.

If you’d like to talk through these questions and any concerns you may have, or tap into that development opportunity, please feel free to email me via wendy@workforceblueprint.com.au or call on 0416 150 491, and I hope you enjoy your break.

PS. If you’d like to know more about the TAFE SA situation, please watch the latest videos on the channel and read these blogs.

VET and WorkReady – where to next?

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It looks like private providers may need to help out TAFE SA in terms of assessing impacted students and that could be the grounds for a solid new collaboration.  ACPET in South Australia is taking a leadership role in exploring a shared vision of excellence for Tertiary Education in South Australia.  The establishment and support of the Industry Leaders Groups in regions provides a mechanism to feed in evidence and co-design workforce development solutions.  An industry version of these groups for priority sectors, would be a great source of insight and practical solutions.

Since 2014, Workforce BluePrint has been publicly advocating for a vision for South Australia’s and Australia’s future workforce and VET system, with no better time than now to do it. Read More

TAFE and WorkReady in South Australia – how did we get here?

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Since the news broke about the terrible outcomes of the random TAFE SA audit by ASQA, the plight of the whole VET system with WorkReady in South Australia has come up for discussion in many circles.

TAFE SA

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has suspended 10 qualifications from the scope of registration of TAFE SA (RTO number 41026).

TAFE SA was subject to routine regulatory scrutiny in May 2017 which identified some non-compliance with the requirements of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) Quality Framework. Read More

TAFE SA review – recommendations and priorities

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TAFE SA’s website states that they are the ‘Largest vocational education and training provider in Australia’?

With critical non-compliance as the outcome of a recent ASQA report, these 2 part videos outlines 13 areas of recommendations and priorities for the TAFE SA review.

Part 1

Part 2

PS. Here is a link to the TAFE SA Senate Inquiry with a report by 28 February 2018.

Bigger international TVET & VET opportunities

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Click on the image above to watch the video with hints and tips on where demand is now and how you might be able to position your products, services and programs.

Hi there

The plan to expand internationally or move into new regions and countries has probably been on your to do list for a little while now.

You may have a couple of programs and resources, or a significant scope with a wide range of products and services that you suspect could have relevance in overseas markets. And it is true that many countries are looking to solve similar skills gaps and workforce issues. But what is relevant where, who do you need to connect with, and how might what you offer need to change? Read More

Lessons from the German VET system – could ASQA be redundant?

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In Bonn, Germany this week working with UNESCO UNEVOC, Wendy Perry met with Philipp Grollman from Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung (BIBB) to learn about the German VET system, compared with Australia and others around the world.  Please watch the quick 4 minute video til the end and read all of the blog, then share your ideas. Read More

TVET/VET and Entrepreneurship

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Inspired by TVET/VET Leaders from across the world in Bonn, Germany this week, for the UNESCO UNEVOC Programme, this blog is written for you and colleagues working to improve TVET systems in your country.

Most people agree that Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET/VET) solves a number of problems but there are a number of problems with TVET/VET.  These include:

  1. Lack of flexibility and responsiveness in training
  2. Disadvantaged groups not supported
  3. Mismatch of training and skills required for jobs
  4. Specific skills gaps
  5. Unemployed or underemployed youth

Evidence of monitoring and evaluation is important and now there are many examples of people (students, employers, industry sectors) not choosing TVET or where there are a number of TVET trained graduates, the job opportunities are slim.

TVET’s biggest problem is relevance, getting skills and competencies into the curriculum to keep pace with employers, entrepreneurs and industry needs and this is aside from the requirements of future job roles. Read More

National Skills Week and VET in 2020

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Starting 28 August 2017, Australia’s National Skills Week 2017, “will communicate the emerging trends and new growth drivers connecting skills training with job outcomes.”

It is fair to say there has been a general trend of decline in Vocational Education Training (VET) enrolments, especially Australian Apprenticeships, and the main problem is out of date Training Packages, running the risk of becoming more irrelevant and even redundant.   This is because they can be boring, old fashioned, too long, with students working on ‘fake’ case studies (aka Acme Pty Ltd), lacking hands on experiences and input into implementation by industry.

For National Skills Week in 2020, imagine if Australian VET products and systems, delivery and assessment strategies, experiences that are considered second to none were on display, attracting interest from all around the world. Read More