Vocational Voices
Youth pathways: from school to work and everything between

Youth pathways: from school to work and everything between

October 22, 2019

New research has revealed how young people’s post-school pathways are diverse, individualised and complex. Steve Davis, Simon Walker Managing Director NCVER, and William Stubley CEO & Co-founder Year13, discuss if the reliance on ATAR, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, as our lens for evaluating educational achievements is too narrowly focused, and if so, what are some of the options for broadening our approach to understanding post-school pathways?

 

Training packages: meeting student needs?

Training packages: meeting student needs?

October 8, 2019

Competency based training (CBT) is the model of curriculum at the heart of the VET system and for some it’s a shorthand way of referring to the system of VET training packages, but critics are arguing that the VET sector’s reliance upon training packages is failing to meet the real-world needs of students and industry due to how they define and therefore teach competency. Steve Davis discusses this topic with NCVER Managing Director Simon Walker and TAFE Directors Australia CEO Craig Robertson. 

Unaccredited training and why employers use it

Unaccredited training and why employers use it

August 27, 2019

Why do around half of Australian employers look outside the nationally accredited VET system to provide their employees with training? To find out, Steve Davis talks to NCVER Managing Director Simon Walker and NCVER researcher Ian White, who discuss the reasons why employers choose unaccredited over accredited training, and whether it meets their skills needs.

The student journey: skilling for life

The student journey: skilling for life

August 13, 2019

Steve Davis interviews a collection of presenters from the 28th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’, held on 10-12 July 2019 in Adelaide (80 mins)

While every student's journey is different, more and more research and discussion underlines the importance of workers becoming lifelong learners so they can grow and evolve with their jobs. And more than ever before, Australia relies on the VET sector to play a critical role in making this happen. Hear from a variety of VET experts about their ideas and research as they discuss how Australia can tackle the many challenges of the changing world of work.

Topic Presenter Start time

Employability skills in entry level roles in STEM-rich and care/support industries 

Kate Perkins, ACER 01.41
 Life skills for a digital future

Mori Hajizadeh & Kevin O’Leary, Australian Industry Standards

13:00

Student outcomes in aged care and cookery

Melinda Brown, Skills IQ 27:57

When is a worker truly competent? Training and assessment

Michael Hartman, Skills Impact 38:21 

RPL: difficulties & mitigating strategies

Deb Carr, Think About Learning & Helen Smith 52:09

How can educators better support students with psychological-based individual differences?

Cameron Williams, Black Dog Institute 01:03:38

Student choice in a contestable market 

Don Zoellner, Charles Darwin University  01:13:43

To view the full conference program and abstracts, please visit Past events on the NCVER Portal.

Apprenticeship rates - should you believe the hype?

Apprenticeship rates - should you believe the hype?

July 30, 2019

It is hard to dispute that the apprenticeships model, which combines employment with formal training in a trade, is an effective way of developing skills while still earning a wage. So why do apprenticeship numbers appear to be so dire? To find out, Steve Davis talks to NCVER Managing Director, Simon Walker and National Australian Apprenticeships Association Chief Executive Officer, Ben Bardon, who reveal that the situation is more nuanced than recent media headlines might suggest. They start by discussing the difference between apprenticeships and traineeships, which can skew the perceived decline.

Industry 4.0 - what does it mean for jobs and skills?

Industry 4.0 - what does it mean for jobs and skills?

July 16, 2019

How will Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution as it’s also known, affect the jobs we do and how we train for them? To find out, Steve Davis talks to NCVER Managing Director, Simon Walker and AiGroup Head of Workforce Development, Megan Lilly. The challenge, they say, is to develop an agile skill base that can continually learn and grow, which means traditional education systems will also need to evolve.

What next for tertiary education? Some preliminary sketches

What next for tertiary education? Some preliminary sketches

July 16, 2019

In this interview, Steve Davis talks with author Francesca Beddie about her paper, What next for tertiary education? Some preliminary sketches, which presents the culmination of the ideas discussed between prominent tertiary education thinkers who came together to reflect on the Committee on the Future of Tertiary Education report (the Martin report). These ideas are intended to generate discussion on the possibilities for the future of tertiary education in Australia. She emphasises the importance of going beyond the funding debate, to talking more broadly about how we should be educating our citizens in the 21st century.

Original broadcast date: 25 August 2014

Industry currency and professional obsolescence: what can industry tell us?

Industry currency and professional obsolescence: what can industry tell us?

July 16, 2019

In this interview, Steve Davis talks with researcher, Berwyn Clayton, about the report Industry currency and professional obsolescence: what can industry tell us?. The purpose of the study is to take an industry focused approach to investigating the issues of professional obsolescence and industry currency and how they apply to VET practitioners.

Issues covered included, the importance of industry currency for practitioners training and assessing in the VET sector; strategies used by employers to keep trades people current with new technology and changing ways of working in various industry sectors; and strategies used by leading edge organisations to keep people up to speed with new knowledge and skills.

Original broadcast date: 21 June 2013

The impact of schools on young people’s transition to university

The impact of schools on young people’s transition to university

July 16, 2019

In this interview, Steve Davis talks with former NCVER Managing Director, Tom Karmel, about his report which uses data from the 2006 cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) to investigate how schools influence tertiary entrance rank and university enrolment over and above young people's individual background characteristics. A point of discussion was the authors' finding that schools do matter and although young people's individual characteristics are the main contributors to university entrance, the school characteristics are responsible for almost 20% of the variation in tertiary entrance rankings.

Original broadcast date: 24 April 2013

Educating oneself out of social exclusion

Educating oneself out of social exclusion

July 16, 2019

In this phone interview, Hielke Buddelmeyer, talks about his report which explores the impact of education and training on social exclusion using a multidimensional measure that focuses on seven domains. Education, he says, is a 'sleeper factor' in that it operates on many different levels and has an impact on the other six domains, such as health. Hielke also points out that the current focus on human capital, including social inclusion, follows previous market reforms that have been implemented to position Australia in changing economic times.

Original broadcast date: 2 November 2012