Vocational Education and Training in 2011

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Looking ahead for 2011, the Vocational Education and Training sector will get prepped for some major reform and fundamental changes from mid-late 2011 into 2012 and beyond.  What’s likely to happen?

Australian Qualifications Framework – Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE) have accepted the AQF Council’s advice including the Senior Secondary Certificate isn’t located at a specific level, Certificate III descriptor is strengthened in relation to supervising staff, limited number of additional titles for level 9, strengthen specs for Doctoral degree, implementation from 1.7.11 and work with TEQSA and higher education providers on implications.

National VET Regulator (NVR) – the December 2010 update from the Interim Chair Kaye Schofield summarises activities to date including meeting with the chairs and chiefs of Industry Skills Councils, understanding risk demand vs supply in each industry sector and planned consultations with industry and occupational regulators.  NVR will establish an Industry Engagement Unit and by April 2011 they are planning for enabling legislation to be passed, shaping of the National Regulatory Model, transition of State and Territory responsibilities and staff to the NVR and appointment of three commissioners.  NVR and TEQSA are sharing corporate services from their offices in Melbourne and its expected the 2 organisations will become one into the future.

Skills Australia – will work on the future directions of Vocational Education and Training, workforce futures, VET sector governance and providing advice on the Skilled Occupation List.  Skills Australia is seen as the peak advisory body and through 2011 I think they will make more of a mark suggesting system wide reform similar to systems in the UK.

Training Packages – implementation of recommendations from the VET Products for the 21st Century report by the Framework Implementation Action Group of the National Quality Council (NQC).  So changes to the way Training Packages are structured, what they include and the nature of competencies with an injection of behavioral content.

And finally it’s definitely not light night time reading but the Productivity Commission has published it’s Draft Research Report on the Vocational Education and Training Workforce – register your interest and get a hard copy of the draft report.

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