TAFE NSW managing director Steffen Faurby has revealed his plan to introduce new pathways to lead students through courses that will combine VET with subjects taught at school and university. The plan is currently being discussed with universities and businessman David Gonski who is conducting a government review into the state’s vocational education and training sector.
The NSW government has temporarily paused the review of its TAFE during the pandemic and it is anticipated that the review will recommence in late 2020.
The VET review commissioned by the NSW government aims to respond to challenges including a dramatic decline in VET participation and course completion rates. Close to half (47.5 per cent) of students who do enrol fail to complete their course. Its terms of reference will include how university courses might incorporate vocational education and training (VET) courses to help students become more job-ready.
The NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian announced this week a new education review by her government which will investigate the TAFE training system to be led by education expert David Gonski and former public servant Peter Shergold. The review is expected to consider a HECS-style program for TAFE students and how to ensure courses are current and relevant to industry.
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