Vocational Voices
The role of micro-credentials in VET

The role of micro-credentials in VET

June 1, 2021

Short-course training, often referred to as 'micro-credentials', is seen as an increasingly important form of training, particularly as governments respond to the social and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Steve Davis talks to Bryan Palmer, Private Consultant and author of An analysis of micro-credentials in VET, and Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER about the different interpretations and definitions of a micro-credential, why so many students pursue enrolments in subjects not part of a nationally recognised program, and why a majority of activity in this space is privately funded.

The discussion largely draws from An analysis of micro-credentials in VET, published by NCVER on 3 June 2021.

VET’s role in youth unemployment recovery

VET’s role in youth unemployment recovery

May 13, 2021

Youth unemployment post-COVID is an all-hands-on-deck challenge. For young people who have lost work or have been looking for work, post-COVID recovery is going to be a fraught time if Australia doesn't take a well-structured pathway to recovery. 

Join Steve Davis as he talks to Kira Clarke, Senior Research Fellow at the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Jo Waugh, Senior Research Officer, NCVER and Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER about the role the VET sector can and should play in the process. They discuss why vocational pathways in schools, work-based training, and career guidance are critical to youth employability, especially for disadvantaged people. 

The discussion refers to research What VET can offer to COVID-19 youth unemployment recovery, published by NCVER on 13 May 2021.

Quality of VET teaching: perceptions and realities

Quality of VET teaching: perceptions and realities

March 16, 2021

Should we be concerned about the quality of VET teaching? Recent research suggests there are key issues affecting the quality of VET teaching that need to be addressed. These include entry level requirements, limited career pathways, workforce casualisation, and lack of support for professional development.

Steve Davis talks to NCVER Managing Director, Simon Walker, Educationalist and Researcher, Linda Simon and VET Development Centre CEO, Martin Powell about what helps build capability and quality in VET teaching.

Best of 2020: highlights from Seasons 4 & 5

Best of 2020: highlights from Seasons 4 & 5

December 15, 2020

In 2020, we invited expert vocational voices from the VET sector to share their views, stories, experiences and insights on a range of hot topics.

‘Best of 2020’ is a roundup of interesting snippets and research findings from across the eight podcast episodes we released during the year. Full of short and sharp insights from each of our guest speakers, we cover off some of the best bits of Seasons 4 and 5.

The transcripts and recordings of all eight podcast episodes we've drawn from can be found on the NCVER Portal.

Rationalising VET qualifications: support for a clustered model

Rationalising VET qualifications: support for a clustered model

November 30, 2020

Are there too many underutilised qualifications in the Australian VET system? Are some qualifications past their expiration date? 
 
One method of reducing qualifications involves grouping them into vocational clusters so individuals can train for several jobs at once. This approach also creates greater transferability of skills in the labour market. 
 
Do we have the appetite for such transformative change? Is there a role for good quality training that may sit outside the formal national training system?

Steve Davis talks to Professor John Buchanan, Business School, University of Sydney, David Morgan, CEO, Artibus Innovation and Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER about the notion of ‘clustering’ qualifications into vocational streams for a range of occupations and how it could be achieved. 

Investing in our workforce: cadetships vs apprenticeships

Investing in our workforce: cadetships vs apprenticeships

November 17, 2020

Young people are finding it harder and harder to get a foothold into those highly-skilled, better paying jobs that will set them up for the future.

How can we increase the number of jobs available, and provide better pathways into jobs and industries that have been increasingly out of reach?

Join Steve Davis as he talks to Simon Walker, NCVER Managing Director; Dr Peter Hurley, Education Policy Fellow, Mitchell Institute for Education and Health Policy at Victoria University; and Ian Curry, National Coordinator - Skills, Training & Apprenticeships at the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU) about:

  • The concepts of cadetships, higher apprenticeships, and work-ready skills
  • What are the merits of a national cadet program for those jobs more often associated with diploma or bachelor degree qualifications? Will it lead to better employment outcomes for young people?
  • Do employers expect too much of new recruits in terms of skill sets?
  • Do we focus too much on training for the skills employers want, rather than creating more broadly-skilled people?
Traditional trade apprenticeships: still a trusted brand?

Traditional trade apprenticeships: still a trusted brand?

November 5, 2020

Do we value tertiary and vocational education equally? Have apprenticeships lost their sense of purpose?

With recent budget announcements and the need to build a skilled workforce to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing economy, apprenticeships are in the spotlight. Steve Davis talks to NCVER Managing Director, Simon Walker and Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU) National Coordinator – Skills, Training & Apprenticeships, Ian Curry, about the future of traditional trades and how the perception of apprenticeships has changed over the years. 

Discussion focuses on regulation, flexibility, completion rates as well as the complexity around the status of VET.

Workforce ready: challenges and opportunities for VET

Workforce ready: challenges and opportunities for VET

August 12, 2020

Steve Davis interviews a collection of presenters from two panel discussions at the 29th National VET Research Conference 'No Frills', held on 7-10 July 2020.

Topics covered in the lively discussion include new directions in skills planning, digital technology and the role it plays in aged and community care, insights from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY), and the role of parental influence in taking on apprenticeships.

Speakers are Professor John Buchanan, The University of Sydney; Ms Anne Livingstone and Dr George Margelis, Australian Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council; Mr David Redway, Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment; and Professor Erica Smith, Federation University.

VET’s response to Industry 4.0 and the digital economy: what works

VET’s response to Industry 4.0 and the digital economy: what works

May 28, 2020

Digital skills are now essential for almost all occupations and workers in Australia. So how do we best incorporate them into VET courses? And how do we make sure our VET educators have the digital skills they need?

Join Steve Davis as he talks to Suzi Kuti, Head of Organisation Development and Learning at Metro Trains Sydney, and NCVER researchers Michelle Circelli and Bridget Wibrow about what teaching digital skills means for VET educators. They also discuss the integration of digital skills into VET delivery and why digital skills should become a key component of foundation skills.

This discussion refers to two good practice guides, Incorporating digital skills into VET delivery and Teaching digital skills: implications for VET educators published by NCVER on 10 June 2020.

The future role of public providers

The future role of public providers

April 28, 2020

Thirty years ago, the Australian VET system was on tenterhooks as two major reports were released into the management and costs of training for enterprises against a backdrop of award restructuring that was being championed at the time by the government. How do the projections and goals in these reports compare to the reality facing TAFE today?

How has TAFE embraced fee-for-service, and are there myths and assumptions surrounding the size of the fee-for-service market and its efficacy or otherwise?

Steve Davis talks to NCVER Managing Director Simon Walker, Robin Shreeve, Adjunct Professor at Federation University and President AVETRA, and Craig Robertson, CEO TAFE Directors Australia about the next evolutionary stage in fee-for-service in the VET sector.

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