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Led by a ‘Champion’ of VET

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Mr Joyce, the architect of the federal government’s recent VET review, and former New Zealand minister responsible for tertiary education and skills, said his report was well received by the government, particularly by Mr Morrison who, he said is committed to real reform of the VET sector.  He described Mr Morrison as being “highly passionate about vocational education and thinks it’s underweight in Australia”.

At the NSW and ACT Apprentice Employment Network conference in Sydney last Thursday, My Joyce expanded on other aspects of his report:

Saying he doesn’t see the VET system (with the possible exception of policies around TAFE) being so overtly political that it should threaten a national agreement to make the system run better.

Conceded that despite the reform effort in New Zealand, the country's polytechnics are now struggling.

Said the planned national skills commission would have a strong focus on skills forecasting, acknowledging that “initially it’s not going to be that accurate but it’s going to evolve over time”.

Dismissed a suggestion he might be a candidate to head the new skills commission.

  • Warned that poor quality VET-in-Schools programs may be actually worsening the job prospects of some VET secondary school students.
  • Said one of the “best and simplest” ideas from the New Zealand experience was the colour-coding of school subjects so students could identify university and vocational choices.
  • Said he was “a fan of group training organisations” and saw them working in partnership with the proposed new skills organisations.
  • Cautioned that the VET brand was "too broad" and "confused", and should be narrowed, with a higher profile on new occupations such as those in the digital sector.

This article originally appeared in the TAFE Directors Australia Newsletter.  

Date posted Jun 20, 2019

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