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TAFE teacher recognised with award for adult literacy - Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

TAFE teacher recognised with award for adult literacy - Rockhampton Morning Bulletin | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFE teacher recognised with award for adult literacy Rockhampton Morning Bulletin CENTRAL Queensland TAFE teacher Tina Stritzke has been recognised for her work with adult migrants, winning a state TAFE Queensland English Language and Literacy...
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How precious and valuable are our TAFE teachers right around Australia? We need to really value them as ALL as the professional educators that they are much more!

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Fraud allegations against TAFE sparks debate on Training Benchmark A funds

Fraud allegations against TAFE sparks debate on Training Benchmark A funds | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Sydney TAFE has been under investigation for alleged fraud in its use of millions of dollars from a training program for students on 457 visas, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.According to the report, “Sydney Institute of TAFE generated $3.3...
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A NSW Department of Education officer alleges money received under the visa program – which is meant to be spent on training for Australians and permanent residents through student scholarships – is being spent for other purposes including the payment of commissions to migration agents“ the report states.

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Sydney TAFE has been under investigation... - Immigrationxperts.com | Facebook

Sydney TAFE has been under investigation for alleged fraud in its use of millions of dollars from a training program for students on 457 visas, reports...
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Mixing training and the misuse of 457 visas is fraught with conflict of interest.

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VET funding in Australia and the role of TAFE


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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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Auswide collapse a sign of things to come under Baird govt’s TAFE privatisation future

The Baird government’s ‘Smart and Skilled’ reforms of the vocational education and training will make the Auswide Merimbula experience the norm rather than the exception, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.
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Privatisation of education and training inevitably produces these significant "market failures."

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Mike Baird on Twitter: During my trade mission in China two historic agreements were signed in Guangzhou between TAFE NSW & Chinese unis http://t.co/cPX5J6towv

Mike Baird on Twitter: During my trade mission in China two historic agreements were signed in Guangzhou between TAFE NSW & Chinese unis http://t.co/cPX5J6towv | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
During my trade mission in China two historic agreements were signed in Guangzhou between TAFE NSW & Chinese unis http://t.co/cPX5J6towv
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All well and good in terms of bringing in money to the NSW economy but at what expense are the current cuts under "Smart & Skilled" reforms with their very substantial fee hikes benefitting NSW TAFE students?

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Four months to TAFE crash | John Kaye MLC

Four months to TAFE crash | John Kaye MLC | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Four months to TAFE crash http://t.co/4fP79xO4TN via @johnkgreens #stoptafecuts #keeptafepublic
http://t.co/sbMbeCIzer
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Four months before essentially the same market based model is introduced here in NSW as has been introduced in Victoria. This has been an unmitigated disaster in Victoria and TAFE damaged immensely. NSW Premier Baird appears to want to make the same mistakes. So much for learning from past experience and avoiding the same mistakes. A NYC (Not Yet Competent) at this stage for you Mr Baird. 

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Homies and TAFE - ABC Online (blog)

Homies and TAFE - ABC Online (blog) | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Homies and TAFE
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Tafe On the Homies the trades that are vital to our building sector and our broader comunity were featured.
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The cuts under the Smart and Skilled reforms, the cutting and shortening of many courses, or the extent of fee increases planned were hardly discussed at all. On the other hand the discussion highlighted the obvious goodwill and value that is placed on TAFE courses by so many. Unfortunately many of the older, more traditional courses of greater depth and with broader skills that underpin many other vocations are disappearing under these cuts.

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Victorian Opposition promises TAFE boost - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Victorian Opposition promises TAFE boost - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it

Via susiemandley
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A bit slow to react. However, better late than never to see the importance of TAFE.

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Region's TAFE students next on government's education hit list | Poll

Region's TAFE students next on government's education hit list | Poll | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Dubbo students undertaking a range of vocational education courses will pay more from next year - with some courses rising by as much as 33 to 70 per cent.
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The question has been asked: "Will the proposed fee hikes for TAFE courses push more people away from further education?" The result? So far 98.53% of people surveyed by Fairfax media believe that it will. Why then don't the various LNP governments who are imposing this under their so called Smart & Skilled policy see the electorate's view. Maybe they will at the next state elections! People don't want to see TAFE destroyed. 
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Fee confusion ‘a barrier to training’

Fee confusion ‘a barrier to training’ | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
COMPLEXITIES triggered by next year’s open training market could negate the benefits of allowing student choice to drive funding, the NSW Greens say.
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It is in serious danger of being a confusing experiment that we should not allow to be inflicted on individuals. Education and training is too important. Experiments normally require consent. Have the broad community really been consulted properly and given approval of this radical and expensive change?

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Restore funding to our public TAFE system

Restore funding to our public TAFE system | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
The Greens support a well funded quality public TAFE system. Sign the petition calling on the state government to reverse these devastating cuts to public TAFE funding and prioritise budget spending on VET to the public TAFE system.
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The growth in enrolments in private Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) has blown the VET budget, not public TAFEs. This is due to the disastrous market contestability introduced by the various state governments.
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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning) | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult lear

Via John Clayton
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Too many distractions and no real focus or teacher guided discipline. Put students in a face to face class room, use the resources to support rather than deliver, and they will do much better. 

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Some interesting points

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Industry to get say in VET vetting - The Australian

Industry to get say in VET vetting - The Australian | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Industry to get say in VET vetting The Australian VOCATIONAL education and training could face more external validation of assessment under the federal government's push to shift the focus of regulation on to the quality of outcomes rather than...

Via Kathy Nicholson
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The federal government appear to want to add more and more layers of bureaurcatic red tape. Industries are busy doing business and are not in the business of applying red tape to themselves. 

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Kathy Nicholson's curator insight, July 9, 3:50 PM

Yet another bureaucratic  experiment 

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TAFE is ready for reforms - The Inverell Times

TAFE is ready for reforms - The Inverell Times | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFE is ready for reforms The Inverell Times Lyn Rikard is the acting director of TAFE New England and said the she and staff of the Inverell campus has been actively engaging all stakeholders including local businesses, the Linking Together Centre...
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Smart and Skilled will bring with it much higher fees and most students will be allowed only one subsidised entitlement.  A great many questions will certainly be raised in those first few months when the harsh reality sets in under these misguided reforms.

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Invest in TAFE on Twitter: "@mikebairdMP his corrupt Government planning further cuts to TAFE. http://t.co/XQEMrhOz87"

Invest in TAFE on Twitter: "@mikebairdMP his corrupt Government planning further cuts to TAFE. http://t.co/XQEMrhOz87" | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
RT @InvestinTAFE: @mikebairdMP his corrupt Government planning further cuts to TAFE. http://t.co/XQEMrhOz87
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Simply outrageous to be planning even more TAFE cuts! Shameful Mr Baird.

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Abbott to reshape TAFE funding after a decade of cuts - Central Queensland news

Abbott to reshape TAFE funding after a decade of cuts - Central Queensland news | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Abbott to reshape TAFE funding after a decade of cuts Central Queensland news TAFE Directors Australia, representing public operators, released a statement saying the research revealed an "alarming pattern of inadequate investment in the VET...
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Reshaping funding is not increasing funding. In fact, effectively they are cuts. The re shaping is about siphoning the funds across to line the pockets of private providers. 

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TAFE4All on Twitter: ALP candidate for Mordialloc Tim Richardson says #TAFE a big issue in his electorate - happy to sign #TAFE4ALL pledge http://t.co/wgL1pMHRGb

TAFE4All on Twitter: ALP candidate for Mordialloc Tim Richardson says #TAFE a big issue in his electorate - happy to sign #TAFE4ALL pledge http://t.co/wgL1pMHRGb | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
ALP candidate for Mordialloc Tim Richardson says #TAFE a big issue in his electorate - happy to sign #TAFE4ALL pledge http://t.co/wgL1pMHRGb
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TAFE and the severe underfunding of it along with alarming access and equity issues are a very big issue in upcoming state elections around the country. TAFE students, future ones, their parents, friends, family and teachers are all voters. TAFE is too good to be destroyed.

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Australia. Apprentice and trainee numbers on the slide

Australia. Apprentice and trainee numbers on the slide | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it

“Apprentice and trainee numbers on the slide Dynamic Business TAFE Directors Australia chief executive Martin Riordan said the continuing downward trend in apprenticeships and traineeships was more than cyclical.”


Via CBERZHSA, Canadian Vocational Association / Association canadienne de la formation professionnelle
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I wonder why????

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Ed on Twitter: Huge unemployment numbers of youth but Baird LNP cuts to TAFE #NoFibs #Gosf #MarchInAugust http://t.co/AUIZeZ8WCI

Ed on Twitter: Huge unemployment numbers of youth but Baird LNP cuts to TAFE #NoFibs #Gosf #MarchInAugust http://t.co/AUIZeZ8WCI | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
RT @CentralCoast14: Huge unemployment numbers of youth but Baird LNP cuts to TAFE #NoFibs #Gosf #MarchInAugust http://t.co/AUIZeZ8WCI
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The very large unemployment figures for our youth certainly does not sit well with the very significant cuts occurring to TAFE by the Baird state government, does it?

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TAFECampaign on Twitter: "Under Labor- #TAFE will always be a central part of our public education system.. " - @jrobertsonmp #StopTAFECuts http://t.co/7NJiuztB7u

TAFECampaign on Twitter: "Under Labor- #TAFE will always be a central part of our public education system.. " - @jrobertsonmp #StopTAFECuts http://t.co/7NJiuztB7u | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
So, fees abolished? MT @TAFECampaign #TAFE will always be central part of public edu system - @jrobertsonmp http://t.co/eeAExiDgk2 #nswpol
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It is refreshing to hear a policy that understands the importance of TAFE and that it must be maintained as the preeminent public vocational education provider. The state Liberal's Smart & Skilled reform policy is deeply flawed and under it the very significant funding cuts have been decimating many course areas by shortening and dumbing down to meet even tighter and cheaper budgets. The real threat of trying to run it as a business and moves to privatise TAFE threatens the skills development base that the state economy relies upon. Let's hope this change in policy direction being put by Labor occurs.

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Future of TAFE in light of past mistakes

Future of TAFE in light of past mistakes | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
THE recent article by John Ross on the viability of many TAFE colleges is a warning to politicians about previous decisions that were always destined to fail.
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This is correct, TAFE has been allowed to become a wasted but incredibly valuable asset. Yet it had been severely undervalued by recent Smart and Skilled policy which is very poor. Don Watts correctly identifies that the pollies keep getting this wrong. All the more reason that it must be fully funded and supported to continue to do its role well. Schools are not the best equipped places for VET in almost every way. The schools really struggle with this. So, as Don Watts indicates it is pretty simple. Stop the cuts to TAFE, fully fund it and stop decimating TAFE by siphoning the funding towards the profit based shonks in private training. We need to fully fund TAFE if we want real depth of skills development.

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TAFE students record high satisfaction rating

TAFE students record high satisfaction rating | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
STUDENTS at TAFE NSW Riverina Institute are happy with the tuition they're receiving, according to the results of a recent survey conducted by management.
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So, these will be amongst the last group of students to sit for their HSC at TAFE Riverina, with the Institute revealing in March, despite the incredibly high satisfaction levels, that it planned to scrap the course!


Does this make sense at all? Scrapping the course because it has been so successful and has a record high satisfaction level! 


Is is there some sort of collective neurosis going on with TAFE management, or is the problem with the state government's funding priorities?

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TAFE ‘should brand as cheap airline’

TAFE ‘should brand as cheap airline’ | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFES have been told that they should take advantage of Coalition reforms by reinventing themselves as the discount airline of higher education.
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Why model TAFE on a "cheap" airline?  Such a low standard to set when TAFE's brand has been so strong!  It seems we are witnessing the desire to deliberately reduce quality DOWN to a standard, not up. It's the "Macdonaldisation" model. Sounds good on the marketing surface but it is driving down standards and quality. Cheap is the keyword in the ideology here. You get what you pay for.  Fund TAFE and stop these ridiculous cuts!  These ideologues do not have the right to experiment with the future for our youth and for those older who need access to affordable re-training.

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Tweet from @gaolteacher

Tweet from @gaolteacher | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
RT @gaolteacher: Community unions stand against privatisation of #TAFE. Thx PVCU http://t.co/91VxeC2ko8

Via Kathy Nicholson
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Community action against the TAFE cuts! 

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People Don't Kill Engagement - Power Point Bullets Do!

People Don't Kill Engagement - Power Point Bullets Do! | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Engagement in crisis: why Powerpoint doesn't work

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Couldn't agree more with this author. Most e-learning is developed using platforms that ignore the learner's learning preferences, characteristics and/or needs completely. The teacher really needs to know the learner if there is to be real engagement and educational motivation.

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John Clayton's curator insight, July 18, 11:53 PM

This provides some theory behind what we already know