A few months ago I asked you what your biggest frustrations in Vocational Education and Training (VET) were and now I’d like to flip that around by asking:
- What do you love/like about VET? Your answers (just a selection) speak for themselves…
‘It’s so dynamic, always changing and there is something for people from all walks of life.”
“It’s flexibility in being able to ensure a close connection between industry needs and the quality of the education processes.”
“The opportunity of the learning outcomes through VET to adopt and change quite quickly to the correlated needs and changes in local, regional, national and sometimes international industry and business.”
“I love helping people to make a difference and improve their lives. Working with older students is particularly rewarding. I’m in it because I love teaching/training and I’m good at it.”
“We love that we can help people learn in a welcoming environment – we talk to a lot of people from all range groups and walks of life that had horrible experiences in school and VET opens the doors to them to excel at what they are passionate about.”
“I like that I can take some really good professional development and “retrofit” it to a unit of competence so that the delivery of the unit is so much more than the standard type of training.”
- Looking into 2014 what are you going to change, start or stop?
“Stop sitting at my computer and get moving.”
“I would like to see all schools embrace VET Education post school outcomes at the same level the way they embrace Tertiary Education outcomes.”
“I would like to see some discussions at a ministerial level around the financial rewarding of schools for post school delivery outcomes. This is a difficult thing to measure, however with a measure which may include the number of students who achieve apprenticeship and traineeship employment outcomes or full time VET enrolment in their first year out of school, as well as the numbers of students achieving tertiary outcomes, this could become a key school performance measurement for funding which goes directly back into resources to further develop future aspirations of students who then follow these post school pathways. This would give equal incentives to schools to place VET alongside Tertiary Education and ensure those schools that don’t have a regard for VET and only ‘University or nothing’ to be brought back into line, and provide all students with as much assistance as possible.”
“In 2014 we plan to grow into a larger scope, and as an organisation (staff, facilities).”
“Focus on career opportunities, professional development and winning the lotto!”
Summarising, you love the ever evolving nature of VET, the people that you meet, the flexibility and opportunity to work with industry, the multiple ways that VET is applicable and relevant, helping people learn and get recognition for their development.
Taking action into 2014, you are going to get more active, influence schools and how VET is regarded by some, grow and expand your organisation and your team, develop yourself and hopefully win the lotto.
Written by Wendy Perry, VET Strategist WPAA, 15 December 2013.