Category Archives: Vocational Education and Training

How would you fix TAFE SA?

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In the TAFE SA Strategic Capability Review session yesterday with Terry Moran AC and Kim Bannikoff, the key questions asked were what are the problems, what are the solutions and how would you fix TAFE SA?

Rather than going over the problems, and bearing in mind the Terms of Reference for the review, which is separate to the response to the TAFE SA Quality Review supported by the Nous Group, suggestions I’m putting forward for solutions include 15 points:

  1. Actively and deliberately recruit people with VET sector experience into the leadership team and onto the board;
  2. Align strategic goals and objectives to the priorities for South Australia post-election;
  3. Build new relationships, partnerships and collaborations at a local, state, national and international level matched with organisational strengths and state priorities;
  4. Connect into South Australia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, supporting startups, coworking spaces and activating TAFE SA sites with spaces for local business and community organisations;
  5. Design a new future focused vision and mission with a clear purpose statement;
  6. Encourage experimentation and innovation with funding, for example with something like the Workforce Training Innovation Fund from Victoria which is probably the most exciting fund currently in Australia;
  7. Explore alignment with the United National Sustainable Development Goals as well as national and international best practice (for example Germany, Singapore, UK, US, Canada, New Zealand, European Commission, UNESCO-UNEVOC);
  8. Further investigate specific areas such as Human Resources, ICT Services, Marketing, and TAFE SA International;
  9. Gain advice on what industry sectors, markets and locations should TAFE SA exist in with an evidence-based assessment of campus and resource utilisation;
  10. Identify a true point of difference that TAFE SA has compared to other public and private providers;
  11. Lean into a discussion about funding for TAFE SA and WorkReady with evidence, honesty and realism about sustainability;
  12. Listen more frequently, flexibly and openly to employer and industry workforce needs for Australian Apprentices, new recruits, existing employees, labour pool and leaders;
  13. Place a number 1 priority on fostering a new culture, with values, behaviours and consequences to follow across the organisation including the board;
  14. Review all products and services to a more refined scope meeting workforce demand and supply needs where learner aspirations are supported; and
  15. Undertake a workforce capability assessment and skills stock take that identifies strengths to build upon and gaps to address including possible partners with capabilities needed.

This list builds upon the videos made outlining 13 recommendations relevant to both reviews as they are so interrelated.

If TAFE SA is to continue, there should be a goal to become a World-class VET provider which means facilitating world-class teaching, learning and assessment working ahead of Training Packages/Products as well as providing workforce development services.

And actions speak louder than words here, so with a new TAFE SA structure, where at a local and industry level people have the freedom and permission to engage and build relationships, there would be much more visibility, credibility and reputation restoration.

If you were asked, how would you fix TAFE SA, what would you say?

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 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.


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

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