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A small country with a big challenge to overcome – Sri Lanka

By | TVET, TVET International, Vocational Education and Training, Youth | No Comments

Sri Lanka is a small country with a large, yearly population growth rate.  As it stands, this little island is home to 20.48 million people – close to the population of Australia.

Stick fishermen of Sri Lanka.

Stick fishermen of Sri Lanka.

And for the youth of Sri Lanka, it’s tough.  They’re unskilled and over a quarter (25.1%) of them are unemployed.  It’s a huge challenge the country is working to tackle, and if Sri Lanka plans to sustain their annual 8% GDP growth goal, a highly skilled workforce is needed. Read More

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India’s drive to upskill over half of their youth

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India, and across the Asia-Pacific region, there’s a huge push for upskilling in one area of training.  The Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) system in India needs to expand very rapidly, in order to cater for the 5-6 million youth entering the labour force every year.

Add to this a fast-growing economy and upskilling India’s 53% illiterate workforce has never been more critical.  As it stands, less than 10% of the workforce has acquired vocational skills.

India’s current skill development has four major parts:india-youth Read More

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Youth programs & entrepreneurship – Maldives future

By | Employment, Entrepreneurs, TVET International, Vocational Education and Training, Youth | No Comments

The Maldives is a unique place where people are the most important resource – and this is starting to turn heads towards the small island nation.

Local initiatives are starting to form to combat the 11.60% unemployment rate and the high number of youth (26.50%) with no jobs.

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The country has also recognised the demand for people with technical skills, with programs being launched as possible solutions.

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China’s 10 year plan for education sector reform

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In recent years, direct trade with China has contributed 5.5% to Australia’s GDP and figures have only increased.

November 2014 saw the landmark Australia China Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) launched – giving Australians the access new to the world’s second largest economy. This agreement is for all products imported via Business to Business (B2B).

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The agreement puts Australians in a competitive position in key areas such as aged care, agriculture, education, manufacturing exports, services, investment, resources and energy.  Alongside trade deals already signed with Korea and Japan, ChAFTA is the newest piece of a powerful alliance between Australia’s major trading partners in North Asia. Read More

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Australian VET sector subprime crisis triggered

By | Vocational Education and Training | 2 Comments

subprimeHow is the subprime mortgage crisis in the USA anything like what is happening with VET in Australia?  We will come to that soon, but first here is what Senator Simon Birmingham (Birmo) announced,

NEW VET Students Loans a win-win for students and taxpayers

A new Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student Loans program introduces caps from January 2017 with more stringent criteria to be a provider, and bans brokers.  It will be very interesting to see how the caps, aligned with actual costs, will be determined and what evidence will underpin decision making.

This one program will not, “… return integrity to the vocational education sector.” Read More

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Future of VET into 2016-17

By | Vocational Education and Training | 5 Comments

A topic that is probably on your mind too, with a webinar for the Vivacity National Conference audience on the Future of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia and Overseas, a presentation on VET Reform/Transformation at EduTECH, and Engaging Employers in Skills Development for the 21st Century with the Australian Government and OECD, this blog post pulls together intelligence on VET into 2016-17.IMG_0878

The challenge for the Australian VET system is relevance and for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) it is sustainability but how so? Read More

Why all VET providers should be thinking globally

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There could be a number of reasons why VET experts might suggest that providers should be thinking globally and operating internationally.

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I believe that if you have an aspiration to run a high quality Registered Training Organisation (RTO) then you should be aiming for ‘world-class’.  This means being aware of trends, opportunities and capabilities across different countries, and partnering with Australian and overseas institutions to build community capacity and 21st Century skills. Read More

Brazil: Boosting their economy with vocational education

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Brazil is investing in vocational education – a great example of a country focused on skill growth, not educational arrogance.

BrazilThey’ve embraced vocational education as their growing oil and gas industries have required more skilled professionals, including welders, electricians, builders and IT specialists.  The infrastructure projects boom, in preparation for the 2016 Olympics, has also led to a skills demand.

The Brazilian Government has boosted vocational education funding from $385 million to $3.8 billion.  That’s huge growth and, what’s even more interesting, the Government now refers to vocational education as “professional” education, with schools now called technical institutes.

Institutes have tripled, over the last 8 years Read More

Russia’s higher education to stand out on a global scale

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Russia’s Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system is facing the challenge of delivering a qualified labour force – one that meets the needs of the country’s rapidly developing economy.

Some major issues the country is coming up against include:

  • An inconsistency between applied modern technologies and those taught on TVET courses
  • A lack of teachers’ and trainers’ skills when it comes to innovations and developments in subjects taught
  • Poor communication between TVET providers and labour-market players; and
  • Insufficient involvement of the private sector and poor availability and organisation of skills upgrading courses.

Let’s have a look at how the education system is structured in Russia.Russia Read More

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9 urgent things Registered Training Organisations must come to grips with in the next 3 months

By | Innovation, RTOs, TVET International, Vocational Education and Training | No Comments

It is fair to say that Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia has been going through a paced reform process but things are about to get sped up with global forces and digital disruption taking over.

Back in 2013 we were predicting many of these reforms and were talking about the need for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to collaborate, diversify, niche or die (This is the presentation at the ACPET National Conference in 2013 – you can have a laugh at the Vanilla Ice sound bites!).

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Now the question for most of you is “how can I jump ahead of my peers, carve out pole position in innovative products and services, and integrate new discovery technologies into my business?”

It is fitting to be writing this thought provoking blog today at the end of the quarter, outlining the 9 things that RTOs must come to grips with in the next 3 months so you are not left behind. Read More