Tertiary education must be re-engineered as the consequence of having international students as our universities’ lifeblood has fostered a culture of profit over education, reflected in the lack of insight about how to nurture the next generation of Australians able to meet our future workforce needs.
The NSW government has launched “a new generation” of vocational high schools to help students find jobs in a post-corona-virus economy.
Read more here: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/students-shape-own-curriculum-in-new-generation-of-vocational-schools-20200721-p55e77.html
Some of Australia’s vocational training institutions, especially private colleges and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) have emailed their students currently stranded overseas to deposit their fees or else their Certificate of Enrollment (CoE) may be cancelled
The number of overseas students hoping to study vocational education and training courses in the last financial year has more than halved.
The formation of the ASQA Stakeholder Liaison Group follows a recent review of the regulator that established there is currently a significant trust deficit between the regulator, peak bodies and some Registered Training Organisations (RTOs).
The National Skills Commission (NSC) is a critical new part of Australia’s economic infrastructure, providing expert advice and national leadership on the Australian labour market, current and future skills needs and workforce development issues. They have released their inaugural report today that shows while the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market has been significant, some data indicates early signs of stabilisation and a small increase in the number of employers looking to hire.
Read more here: https://www.miragenews.com/inaugural-report-of-national-skills-commission-australian-labour-market-and-covid-19/
A national skill set has been developed that will enable new workers to be rapidly deployed with the essential entry-level skills they need to help boost the ranks of the care and support sectors. The Entry into Care Roles skills set will provide foundational knowledge and skills, including safe work practices and infection prevention procedures.
Australia should provide an opportunity for all Australians to complete a post-secondary education program and governments have a responsibility to fund these education options appropriately.
International students across the country are “trapped” in Australia, unable to go home and also unable to access income support from the government.