The VET Sector News

November 14, 2019

Unions fuming over training panel snub


Unions are urging Scott Morrison to overturn a decision to sideline them from a panel overseeing the government's plan to boost vocational education and training.

Skills Minister Michaelia Cash has announced a 19-member panel to guide the $525 million reform package.


The panel will include the Business Council of Australia, the Australian Industry Group and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


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Charles Darwin University tops rankings of highest graduate salaries in the country


Charles Darwin University recorded a median salary of $65,200 in the latest Good Universities Guide, alongside the University of Southern Queensland graduates which shared top spot.


CDU was also ranked second of all universities in Australia in the number of its graduates who secure full-time employment.


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An 'Australia-style' points based immigration system has been proposed again for the UK, but we already have a version of it


The cut-through phrase ‘Australian style points-based system’ was in the news again this week after Home Secretary Priti Patel offered as it her main policy proposal for Britain’s post-Brexit immigration system. 


The Australian-style system is an old idea, one that’s been reheated by everyone from New Labour ministers to Nigel Farage for more than a decade. It’s the one immigration idea that politicians love to talk about – but what does it really mean?


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How the university entrance process has failed future generations


Everything is changing.


Once upon a time a university degree secured future employment. These were the days when we would set our career goals early in life. We would follow a specialised career path and enter an industry that would become our home until retirement. Learning had an end point, namely university graduation. Knowledge was static; facts were facts and they endured. What we learned at university would last a lifetime in the workplace.


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‘Level of uncertainty’: Regional migrant push probed in Senate inquiry


Migrants are being encouraged to settle in rural areas under new targeted visa schemes, but there is uncertainty over whether the plan could help or hinder regional migration.


Business and community stakeholders have brought attention to the potential challenges posed to migrants and examined the visas' provisional nature, in submissions to a Senate inquiry on the matter.


The regional visa pathways to be introduced in November are aimed at getting skilled workers to fill skill shortages and boost rural economies in the regions.


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Leadership – a key focus for this year’s Australian International Education Conference


‘Leading the way’ will be the key focus for the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) in Perth this year.


Hosted by IDP Education and the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), the conference will explore how sectoral and industry leaders navigate through increasing disruption, technological developments, policy changes, and changes in international student demand.


The conference will provide a platform for leading experts to showcase the people, practices and nations that are driving change and showing leadership in the sector through new approaches to international education, technology and research


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Why the youth should embrace vocational, technical training


The government has made efforts to improve technical and vocational education and training (TVET). However, more needs to be done to ensure TVET becomes attractive to young people.


The most affected are vocational training centres, which continue to suffer due to poor funding.


Little career guidance has been done to students joining the institutions, with some courses attracting no student. For instance, a study conducted by ZiziAfrique Foundation’s Ujana 360 project revealed that there are courses reserved for female and male students.


Courses such as building technology, metal processing and carpentry only attract male students while female students are only keen to study courses such as fashion design and hairdressing. This needs to change.