THE Palaszczuk government has pledged $100 million to undertake major expansions of TAFE facilities right across regional Queensland, if re-elected at the upcoming state election.
The federal government is likely to announce changes to the way training packages are put together to try to give business the driving seat in course development and get workers skilled more quickly, says education analyst Claire Field.
The head of the industry body that represents the nation’s TAFEs has described the system as “broken” and says serious reform is needed.
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The opening of vocational education—historically, the domain of the public TAFE system—to private providers has been a disaster according to the Socialist Alternative.
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The NSW government has launched “a new generation” of vocational high schools to help students find jobs in a post-corona-virus economy.
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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
Smaller universities and private Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers expect to be hardest hit because of their greater reliance on students from India and Nepal. Applications from Nepal dropped 61 per cent and those from India by 47 per cent last financial year, putting further pressure on Australia’s $40 billion a year international student sector amid COVID-19 restrictions.
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A report presented by The Council for International Education late in 2019 to the government identified focus areas for the remaining period of the national strategy which included the delivery of initiatives to boost international education in regional Australia.
Tasmania continues to perform better than the Australian average across most key indicators for apprentices and trainees with commencements increasing by 9.7 per cent in the 12 months to June according to its
Labor Government. Labor leader, Rebecca White has suggested their free TAFE policy for industries facing skills shortages would address issues in attracting workers and apprentices to construction sites and provide opportunities for Tasmanians young and old. The opposition has accused the government of not doing enough to build the state’s skilled workforce through TAFE, saying construction companies are struggling to obtain workers and apprentices for development projects.