Category Archives: Reform

Vocational education reform: Key to Vietnam’s 2020 vision

By | Reform, TVET International, Youth | No Comments

CanThoFloatingMarketVietnam plans to transform into an industrialised country by 2020 with vocational education a core focus, as the demand for skilled workers increases.

With a growing rate (1.4 million) entering the labour market per year, skill development is crucial.  As it stands, only 27% of Vietnamese workers have job-relevant training… with only 15% having completed formal vocational training.

The Government has set a goal in place: to reform vocational education. Read More

VET FEE-HELP scrapped, entitlements dumped & VET workforce tested

By | Funding, Reform, Training Pacakges, Vocational Education and Training | 6 Comments

For some 2015 was an Annus horribilis in VET, for others they just got on with it, and if you are a VET leader then you most likely redirected your energy, strategy and thinking.

This blog post outlines possible futures for VET in Australia covering changes, what may be dumped or scrapped, with 2016 a year of reckoning and regeneration.

Firstly let’s talk about two “R’s” – regulation and responsibility. Read More

Engaging youth in TVET and improving gender equality in Mongolia

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Mongolia has been on an economic rollercoaster – from 20% growth, to falling to 5% in 2011 alone.  In 2014, nominal public debt to GDP rose to 77.4%, from 31% just three year’s prior.  The country’s small economy, less than a third the size of North Korea has certainly seen its ups and downs, with a significant impact on employment and training.Indonesia and Mongolia delegation

An economy dependent on resources

Mongolia has faced several challenges on the economic front.  In the first half of 2015, the country’s economic growth has fallen to just 3% – mirroring the slowing economy of its main customer, China.  If this figure persists for the rest of the year, it will make it Mongolia’s slowest pace of expansion for six years, according to Reuters Africa.

Coal and copper prices, their two main commodities, have fallen 20-30% over the last year, with a drop in demand has also hitting the country hard.  Mongolia also has to contend with falling foreign investment because of China’s waning demand for commodities and caution from investors because of government disputes with miners.  But mining could also be the key to recovery. Read More

Australian VET sector gets smashed by Senate Committee report

By | Funding, Reform, Vocational Education and Training | One Comment

Like many of you, I sat down with a cup of tea to read the Education and Employment References Committee report and as soon as I start I think, “such a weird beginning to The Senate: Education and Employment References Committee report with the following on the front page,

Getting our money’s worth: the operation, regulation and funding of private vocational education and training (VET) providers in Australia.

I feel it’s going down a really odd negative track but maybe it gets better from here?  But as the report describes entrenched allegations akin to hearing court evidence from a nasty case I think not,

1.9 The committee has been provided and has heard harrowing and concerning evidence of misconduct by private VET providers. The private VET sector has been subject to a range of allegations in the public arena not limited to that of exploitative conduct, shoddy training and massive profits at the public expense.senate

1.10 It is an irony that in the name of social justice an exploitative scheme to enrich individuals has been allowed to flourish at the expense of the most vulnerable who end up with a debt, but no qualification, or a worthless qualification. Read More

Biggest announcement for VET in 20 years

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Thank you Wendy, I appreciate your efforts to keep us informed

Thanks for your video – I can always rely on you to provide the most up to date info on what is happening in the VET world.  Sounds like some major changes are on their way and with a fairly short timeline for implementation if previous reforms are any indicator. Will we have chaos or sound innovation? Will we jettison National standards and mutual recognition? Lots of questions and it will be interesting to see how it all pans out!

You are too funny!!

Wendy Perry video

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WorkReady – stalemate to solution for South Australia

By | Australian Apprenticeships, Reform, Training Packages, Vocational Education and Training | 3 Comments

On Friday Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham published a media release title The Training Ball is in Your Court Jay and clearly he is not impressed.

The Advertiser published the story, State Government’s decision to redirect training funding away from private providers to TAFE could see Canberra withhold its $65 million.Flickr_-_law_keven_-_Let's_go_to_work....

Minister Gail Gago’s press release back on 21 May 2015 had the headline New list of subsidised training courses focuses on jobs and with Jay Weatherill arriving back from the China delegation on the weekend a formal response hasn’t yet been seen but no doubt it will soon. Read More

Why the time is right to strategically review your RTO

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

More often than not, most Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) have recently experienced significant change and the opportunity going ahead is to make sure that your RTO is best positioned for the future.

Perhaps you are considering workforce demand across the regions you operating in and you may be wondering … is there more you might be able to offer?  Maybe you are looking at your scope and wondering does this meet your customer’s needs?Lightbulb-Success-Image-960x645-200x134

In an environment with unprecedented change since Training Packages were first introduced, how do you make sense of national VET reform, state and territory government policy?  How do you see the uncovered opportunities in this mix? Read More

Training Packages into the future

By | Reform, Training Pacakges, Vocational Education and Training | One Comment

“I believe that Training Packages are a national asset, envied by other countries and when used as a system to profile individuals and jobs without limiting only to qualifications, they are very flexible and they need to be future workforce focused”, Wendy Perry.

Using Training Packages on a daily basis across all sorts of different industries I can see how they mostly (depending on sector and skill area) fit current job roles.

In a very practical example, recently Workforce BluePrint identified at a very high level the capability requirements for Economic Priorities and Growth which are:

Advanced Technologies and Digital Productivityentrepreneur female

Asian Century and Cultural Connections

Business and Employment Growth

Creativity and Innovation

Entrepreneurship, Small Business Development and Startups

Exporting and Operating in the Global Economy

Knowledge Management and Partnership Development

Infrastructure Development and Project Management

Research and Development

Sustainability and Heritage

When mapping these capabilities to national Training Packages and possible qualifications it became clear that aside from Training Packages being a national asset, there are gaps for non-employees in particular. Read More

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