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Field to lead on Vocation compliance

Field to lead on Vocation compliance | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
The Australian    |  17 October 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Coming on the back of regulatory issues in Victoria, the ASX-listed education provider Vocation has appointed former ACP...
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Kids the biggest losers in push to cut TAFE funding

Geelong Advertiser, Geelong VIC  by  Rob McLennan

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  20 Oct 2014  
GEELONG businesses are up to their ears in a State Government-sponsored rort that is costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars every year.

In its rush to privatise skills training the Napthine-Baillieu government has taken a blowtorch to the state's TAFE system, while at the same time creating a cash cow that is now being milked freely by private industry.

The rapid deterioration of the traineeship system has been obvious for some time, but the depth to which it has plunged became clear while I was having dinner with friends at a local hotel recently.

We had just been served by a very nice young bloke wearing a name tag that revealed he was a trainee. My friend asked him what he was studying.

"Certificate III in Holiday Parks and Resorts," our young server proudly announced.

My friend and I almost choked on our chorizo.

Holiday Parks and Resorts?

This kid is supposedly learning front office, housekeeping and grounds maintenance skills by waiting tables in a pub and he is doing it not at the expense of the hotel owner, but of the Victorian taxpayer. Apparently Holiday Parks and Resorts certification attracted more funding than hospitality qualifications.

The State Government's decision to strip cash from the TAFE system and channel it into the private sector sparked a massive boom in the training industry, not unlike the explosion in installers when the Rudd federal government unveiled its home insulation scheme.

In fact, the two programs are similar on many levels. Both triggered a rush of new businesses designed to take advantage of huge government handouts. Like the insulation scheme, the privatised skills training system is poorly regulated and monitored. And both have led to a massive flow of funding from government coffers to business.

The lack of quality controls in the privatised training sector allows providers to take shortcuts and offer qualifications in a fraction of the time allocated by reputable organisations such as TAFE.

Recently I heard a radio ad offering the opportunity to complete childcare certification in just a few months. The same course at TAFE takes between 12 to 18 months. How is it possible to provide adequate training in such an important field in such a brief amount of time?

The fitness industry provides another worrying example. It takes up to 12 months to gain accreditation as a personal trainer at TAFE; some private providers are offering it in just two weeks.

Then there are those who don't bother with training at all. Last week Channel 9's A Current Affair highlighted the case of a Melbourne man who was able to gain two qualifications as a motor mechanic in half an hour. This bloke proudly displayed his certificates while admitting he hardly knew his spark plugs from his brake pads.

Like the insulation scheme, there is far more than public money at risk here. While so-called training providers get rich at the expense of taxpayers, students are emerging from courses with hopelessly, and sometimes dangerously, inadequate skills.

And because of the eligibility requirements, they are unable to access further government subsidies to obtain the skills they need to get a job.

I need to be clear on one thing not all private providers are evil.

But the fact that they are able to cherry pick the most lucrative courses while leaving badly underfunded TAFE colleges to pick up those that have high costs and low returns, is a recipe for disaster.

It is a mess that is of the Napthine Government's making and, sadly, it shows no interest at all in cleaning it up
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Chisholm Institute of TAFE’s Frankston campus to get $45.5 million overhaul to boost skills training

Chisholm Institute of TAFE’s Frankston campus to get $45.5 million overhaul to boost skills training | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
THE Frankston campus of the Chisholm Institute of TAFE is set to get a $45.5 million overhaul.
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Not all vocational training providers are stacking up

Not all vocational training providers are stacking up | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
Vocational education and training is crucial to developing the skills of the workforce, but the quality of training and development is under question, and it is a problem – a major problem.
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Tweet from @NickWakelingMP

Tweet from @NickWakelingMP | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
$19M for @melbpoly will boost job training at all former NMIT campuses including this one at Heidelberg #springst pic.twitter.com/kqYXB0Xmvi
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Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE to be rebranded as Melbourne Polytechnic

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE to be rebranded as Melbourne Polytechnic | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
ONE of Melbourne’s biggest tertiary institutions NMIT is being rebranded.
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Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE to be rebranded as Melbourne Polytechnic

Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE to be rebranded as Melbourne Polytechnic | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
ONE of Melbourne’s biggest tertiary institutions NMIT is being rebranded.
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Vic's ACFE joins TAFE "in crisis"

Vic's ACFE joins TAFE "in crisis" | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
 24 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The travails besetting  Victoria’s TAFE sector have spread to its Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) sector with the ACFE board...
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Swinburne reconsidering VET provision

Swinburne reconsidering VET provision | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
  The Australian      |     22 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Dual sector Swinburne University is flagging a major restructure of its vocational training after falling short...
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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, September 29, 3:35 PM

More predictable collapses in Victoria. This is where privatisation of vocational education leads. Failing working people.

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Victorian TAFE chaos: a lesson in how not to reform vocational education

Victorian TAFE chaos: a lesson in how not to reform vocational education | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
For years, those concerned with vocational education and training have worried about how to lift the public profile of TAFEs.
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VET funding in Australia and the role of TAFE

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Peter Haydon Druery's curator insight, September 16, 8:38 AM

A key statement re the role of TAFE?


"Within this tertiary education system governments must recognise the role of TAFE as the public provider in terms of its broader social and economic contributions and the critical infrastructure and capability it provides for many industries and in many communities. "

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Training and Apprenticeships TVC - YouTube

Since the Liberals took office in Victoria, they have cut $1.2 billion out of the TAFE system and sat idly by while youth unemployment skyrockets and their e...
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TAFE-Deakin link sets pathways to uni for students

TAFE-Deakin link sets pathways to uni for students | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
DEAKIN University and South West TAFE have decided there is strength in unity and have created guaranteed pathways for students from TAFE to university.
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NMIT rebranded as "Melbourne Polytechnic"

NMIT rebranded as "Melbourne Polytechnic" | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
The Australian      |      3 October  2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The financially troubled Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE, which lost almost $32 million in 2013, has received...
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Privates attack Vic Labor plan to restore TAFE specific funding

Privates attack Vic Labor plan to restore TAFE specific funding | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
PRIVATE training providers have attacked the Victorian Opposition’s plans to restore community service obligation funding for public TAFEs arguing that private providers should also be eligible for any additional funding.
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From today, NMIT will be known as Melbourne Polytechnic. - Herald Sun

From today, NMIT will be known as Melbourne Polytechnic. - Herald Sun | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
ONE of Melbourne’s biggest tertiary institutions NMIT is being rebranded.
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NMIT ‘doing well’ before lifeline

NMIT ‘doing well’ before lifeline | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
NMIT has become the last big Victorian TAFE to ditch the brand after receiving a $19 million grant from the state government.
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Service industry slams Victorian training market

Service industry slams Victorian training market | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
VICTORIA’S services industries say employers are losing confidence in the quality of graduates of the state’s open training market, as providers struggle to maintain quality in the face of falling government subsidy rates, course closures and dwindling enrolments.
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Vocation share trading suspended

Vocation share trading suspended | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
19  September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Trading of shares in ASX-listed VET provider  Vocation was temporarily suspended on 19 September at the request of the company, given ongo...
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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, September 29, 3:38 PM

Here's one of the profiteers on corporate welfare, making money on the backs of our students. 90% of it derived from taxpayers funds.

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TDA Newsletter 29 September 2014

TDA Newsletter 29 September 2014 | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
COAG skills ministers launch VET Hotline, new industry body and reform steps Federal state and territory training Ministers meeting at the COAG Industry and Skills Council meeting in Adelaide, Frid...
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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, September 29, 3:33 PM

so a new complaints hotline will be set up! How innovative! Only necessary because of the privatisation of vocational education and the decimation of TAFE. Cosmetic crap and a policy vacuum

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Service industry slams Victorian training market

Service industry slams Victorian training market | TAFE in Victoria | Scoop.it
VICTORIA’S services industries say employers are losing confidence in the quality of graduates of the state’s open training market, as providers struggle to maintain quality in the face of falling government subsidy rates, course closures and...
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