Category Archives: Vocational Education and Training

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Australian VET sector subprime crisis triggered

By | Vocational Education and Training | 2 Comments

subprimeHow is the subprime mortgage crisis in the USA anything like what is happening with VET in Australia?  We will come to that soon, but first here is what Senator Simon Birmingham (Birmo) announced,

NEW VET Students Loans a win-win for students and taxpayers

A new Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student Loans program introduces caps from January 2017 with more stringent criteria to be a provider, and bans brokers.  It will be very interesting to see how the caps, aligned with actual costs, will be determined and what evidence will underpin decision making.

This one program will not, “… return integrity to the vocational education sector.” Read More

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Future of VET into 2016-17

By | Vocational Education and Training | 5 Comments

A topic that is probably on your mind too, with a webinar for the Vivacity National Conference audience on the Future of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia and Overseas, a presentation on VET Reform/Transformation at EduTECH, and Engaging Employers in Skills Development for the 21st Century with the Australian Government and OECD, this blog post pulls together intelligence on VET into 2016-17.IMG_0878

The challenge for the Australian VET system is relevance and for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) it is sustainability but how so? Read More

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9 urgent things Registered Training Organisations must come to grips with in the next 3 months

By | Innovation, RTOs, TVET International, Vocational Education and Training | No Comments

It is fair to say that Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Australia has been going through a paced reform process but things are about to get sped up with global forces and digital disruption taking over.

Back in 2013 we were predicting many of these reforms and were talking about the need for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) to collaborate, diversify, niche or die (This is the presentation at the ACPET National Conference in 2013 – you can have a laugh at the Vanilla Ice sound bites!).

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Now the question for most of you is “how can I jump ahead of my peers, carve out pole position in innovative products and services, and integrate new discovery technologies into my business?”

It is fitting to be writing this thought provoking blog today at the end of the quarter, outlining the 9 things that RTOs must come to grips with in the next 3 months so you are not left behind. Read More

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Strong workforce but lacking skilled labour in Peru

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Over half (53.8%) of Peru’s population is under the age of 25 and the number of people entering the workforce is on a steady rise too.

PeruBetween 2003 and 2011, the workforce grew from 2.3 million in 2003, to 3.7 million.  However, Peru is battling a large unskilled workforce, with many of their local talent leaving for opportunities abroad.

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As it stands today, Peru’s unemployment rate is 6.6%.  Agriculture, construction, commerce, and education are big industries for employment. Read More

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Mexico’s record low jobless rate a result of investing in education

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Mexico is experiencing its lowest unemployment since 2008, according to recent statistics.  More Mexicans are entering the workforce everyday – which is positively linked to investment in education.

And the country’s strong  sector has held it up through economy difficulties.1024px-Mexican_construction_workers

Investing in their workers

In 2014, a U.S. News & World Report shows the Mexican workforce is increasingly educated. Read More

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Fast growing Chile seeking skilled workers

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While one of the fastest-growing economies in South America, Chile is in need of skilled workers – particularly in mining and construction.  However, due to the country’s low unemployment, local employers are recruiting and training workers.

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In an attempt to address the skills gap, the Government has launched the More Opportunities and Better Jobs program, which aims to make Chile’s economy stronger by 2020.  Over 50 initiatives, including lowering taxes and attracting investment, will drive this mission. Read More

TVET to help overcome Canada’s skills shortage problem

By | TVET International, Vocational Education and Training, Youth | No Comments

A recent survey in Canada details employers’ struggle to find candidates with the skills they need – with 68% finding it hard to find the right staff.  On-the-job experience, interpersonal skills, problem solving and technical abilities are lacking.Canada

Skills shortages, an ageing population and an evolving business environment are making it different to recruit and retain employees but Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) can help to address these problems. Read More

Transformation of Higher Education and TVET in Japan

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Japan is facing economic stagnation, in the wake of low Chinese demand, and labour shortages.

With a planned consumption tax increase in 2017, growth is likely to be only ½ of a percent.  This is a major concern, with the gross public debt rising to 230% of GDP.

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With hopes of a primary surplus by 2020, the Japanese Government needs to implement targeted structural reforms to turn their economy around.  The country’s aging population, shrinking workforce and public aversion to immigration is hitting a near-crisis point. Read More

Inspiring Skills Excellence in Wales

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Wales has the highest inactivity rate in the UK – with just 68.5% of the population part of the workforce, and figures released just this month show no signs of improvement.

The number of people out of work rose by 4,000, totalling 1,367,000, taking the Welsh unemployment rate to 7%, compared to 5.8% for the UK as a whole.

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Alarmingly, youth unemployment continues to grow faster in Wales than across the UK.

Welsh Economy Minister, Eluned Pattot, urged the Government to redouble its efforts to reduce unemployment in Wales.

“We need to address the fundamental problems in our economy.  We need to find out why the unemployment rate is falling significantly faster just over the border in the West Midlands, for example.”

Job creation schemes need to be more targeted and ambitious, especially for the long term unemployed. Read More

WorkReady: 8 areas the new Minister can quickly make a positive impact

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With Gail Gago stepping down from her role as Minister, and a Cabinet reshuffle about to be announced, this blog will identify 8 areas that the next Minister for Employment, Higher Education and Skills can quickly make a positive impact on WorkReady.

The Funded Training List (FTL) is the foundation that WorkReady is built upon and my hope is that we have a more robust system.  You wouldn’t build a new building on an old, broken foundation – I believe the FTL is broken and a stronger evidence based foundation would support a fresh skills strategy for the future.

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In terms of a quick stock take the last announcement from Minister Gail Gago was for $8 million WorkReady projects,

Up to 1,500 people are expected to get jobs supported by 2,600 new training places – as a result of an additional $7.9 million over the next two financial years.

$285 million is already committed for training in 2015-16 for private training organisations with Minister Gago stating,

“We are also committing $6.4 million over two years to support 2,250 new training places and other support services at private providers, offered through Jobs First STL Projects and Jobs First Employment Projects.

Focus areas include aged care, disability, early childhood care and construction, but training in other areas will be supported where there is a direct link to a job.

A subsequent call for Jobs First Employment Projects will occur early next year.”

The new Minister has the opportunity to rethink the priorities for WorkReady and move away from a list based approach to an evidence based approach. Read More