Vocational Voices
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.

Skills sets: their role now and into the future

Skills sets: their role now and into the future

April 15, 2020

Are skill sets likely to take on extra significance as Australia responds to the shifting workforce demands and challenges, particularly in the health sector during the COVID-19 pandemic? ?

Looking ahead, can skill sets or micro-credentials play a role in getting vital competencies into the workplace so the economy can rebuild?

To find out, Steve Davis talks to NCVER Managing Director Simon Walker and Director Employment, Education & Training at the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jenny Lambert. They start by defining what skill sets and micro-credentials actually are and the role they currently play in the VET system. 

Online VET: a good course of action?

Online VET: a good course of action?

February 25, 2020

Online learning can be just as effective as face-to-face instruction if it’s done well. But what makes for good quality and good practice?

While subject withdrawal rates are higher and course completion rates lower for VET courses delivered entirely online, new research has shown that the outcomes for those students who do complete online courses are similar to those of other delivery modes.

Steve Davis talks to NCVER Managing Director Simon Walker and NCVER Senior Researcher Dr Tabatha Griffin about how online VET courses are being delivered, the outcomes for those who do complete them, and why students may withdraw or not complete online courses.

 

Qualification design for the future of VET

Qualification design for the future of VET

November 13, 2019

Qualifications are an essential part of the VET system, and therefore a key consideration in the broader approach to VET sector reform.

Join special guest Peter Noonan, Professor of Tertiary Education at Victoria University and Expert Panel Chair of the recent AQF Review, as he talks with Steve Davis and Simon Walker, Managing Director NCVER about the recently released Review of the Australian Qualifications Framework Final Report 2019.

Discussion focuses on micro-credentials, identifying general capabilities, the Pathways Policy, and the proposed new qualification types or classification of VET qualifications.

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?

 

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