CEO Message

2017 Reflection

2017 has been an exciting year at the VDC.  There were many highlights throughout the year, here are a few key achievements that deserve a mention:

  • Sponsoring the Trainer of the Year Award at the Victorian Training Awards.
  • The memorable VDC Business Breakfast with cricket legend Sir Ian Botham where MC Michael Roberts conducted an intimate interview with Ian, uncovering stories from his amazing life history.
  • At our VET Leaders Lunch where Luke Hodge spoke about his experience of creating a team culture and dealing with change (and disclosing he would be playing at another club next year!).
  • The always enjoyable VDC Teaching and Learning Conference which focused on Connecting, Collaborating and Capturing the attention of students and industry.
  • Hosting Seminars on the impact of the NDIS for RTOs and also the VTA led VET response to the Asylum Seeker crisis.
MC Michael Roberts, VDC Chair Sue Christophers, Sir Ian Botham, VDC CEO Martin Powell

Finally, we are extremely proud to highlight a key VDC strategic goal that was achieved this year when we opened the doors to our new premises in Collins Street Melbourne.  The realisation of our own purpose built premises and the VDC as a physical facility has created a space that belongs to the VET sector and enables flexibility and accessibility for professional development activities and events.

I would like to thank everyone who has supported our Professional Development programs and events in 2017, a year which is shaping up to being a second consecutive year of record participation and engagement in our programs and services.

From all of us at the VDC, we wish you a safe and prosperous holiday break, and we look forward to working with you again in 2018.

Martin Powell
Chief Executive Officer

Valuing VET in the bush


Educational success may look different in regional Australia

Demand-driven higher education funding was introduced in 2012. All eyes have since been on the university sector’s role in increasing the proportion of young people with tertiary education A recent report from Curtin University’s National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) might give us pause to ask whether for young people in rural and remote Australia in particular, we have put too many eggs in one basket.

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Digital skills and the future of work

Training packages may be missing the mark

There is no shortage of forecasts about how digital technology will disrupt occupations and workplaces over the next 10-20 years. Artificial intelligence (AI), big data, automation of repetitive work – drones too, as noted in the last VDC News – will reconstruct our understandings of what it means to go to work.

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Is competent good enough?

A new report links graded VET assessments with improved productivity

Paul Krugman, a recipient of the Nobel Prize for economics, once wrote:

‘Productivity isn’t everything, but, in the long run, it is almost everything. A country’s ability to improve its standard of living over time depends almost entirely on its ability to raise its output per worker.’

Raising productivity is an ever-present challenge. We constantly need new strategies to tackle it. Recognising that, in 1998 the Australian government set up the Productivity Commission (PC) to advise on how to maintain high productivity. Its brief is wide; as its website says, the PC’s ‘activities cover all levels of government and encompass all sectors of the economy, as well as social and environmental issues.’

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Skills & Thrills and WorldSkills Australia 2018



SAVE THE DATE: 2nd – 4th June 2018, at the ICC Sydney

WorldSkills National Competition is being held on 2nd – 4th June at the new International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour, Sydney in 2018 and will include the celebrated Skills & Thrills careers showcase taking place on 4th June.

The Skills & Thrills careers showcase takes careers advice out of the office and onto the stage, through an exhilarating showcase packed with music, film and theatre to highlight industry trends, skills needs and the diversity of careers available through vocational education.

This will be the largest display of VET in action, attended by hundreds of dedicated education providers, industry leaders, and thousands of students looking for ideas on careers, and inspired options.  It is an event not to be missed.

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