|Hello and welcome VET News,
I hope you are surviving the election. We are almost halfway! The consensus in the media seems to be that if the Labor Party are elected it is going to be a boom time for public TAFE. You can read all about it here
where Labor are very clear that they intend to change the funding arrangements to preference 70% of all VET funding to “Public TAFE” which they refer to as “the backbone of our vocational educational system”. So, I guess if you work in the VET sector, your vote might fall basically down these lines:
- If you are a public servant working at a TAFE and enjoy your job security, you should probably vote Labor.
- If you are an owner of or employed by a private RTO or any RTO other than TAFE, you should probably vote for any other political party other than Labor that does not preference Labor.
Having been through a few elections, I don’t think the contrast in choice for the VET sector has ever been so clear.
A couple of other things to note.
You need to checkout the new National Microcredentials Framework in other VET news. It is likely a positive development that will lead to more efficient skills transfer in support of specific industry needs. I cannot go past sharing with you the definition that they have established to define what a microcredentials is. Here we go:
“A microcredential is a certification of assessed learning or competency, with a minimum volume of learning of one hour and less than an AQF award qualification, that is additional, alternate, complementary to or a component part of an AQF award qualification.”
I wonder how many hours were spent piecing that together? Anyway, apart from the boffin-infused definition, it looks like a good contribution and I look forward to seeing how microcredentials evolve in the sector. Check it out.Last thing.
I am keeping an eye out for some promised VET reforms that seem to have either gone missing or are maybe running late. The first is the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Review. The final report was release in 2019 and the department page says “On 9 December the Government accepted the aims of the recommendations of the review in relation to vocational education, contingent on further discussions with state and territory governments.”. What’s happening with this? If you know more, please feel free to email me.
Also, in November last year ASQA said “The Department of Education, Skills and Employment expects to release a draft revised set of RTO Standards early in 2022”. Ok, we can probably say that it is now officially not ‘early 2022’. That ship probably sailed in March. There is nothing on the Department site other than a RTO Quality Issues Paper that was released in 2020. Again, what is happening? There seems to be a lot of overpromising and underdelivering. Maybe too many projects all at the same time? Anyway, if you know more, please let me know.
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