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TAFE targets new market

TAFE targets new market | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFES have moved to recapture a dwindling segment of their traditional market, staking a claim for students who score below a threshold Australian Tertiary Admission Rank.

Via susiemandley
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This seems to be a rather strange way to encourage access and equity. Excluding students supposedly to increase their pathways by using the ATAR as the arbiter. Is this a rather misguided idea? The aims or objectives here seem to reinforce the current "race to the bottom" mentality rather than aiming for higher standards and "excellence." Hmmmmmm.

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Shock over TAFE fee rises

Shock over TAFE fee rises | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it

“Students were in tears yesterday when they enrolled for TAFE and found the cost of many courses had more than trebled - even surpassing the cost of similar courses at university.”


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Twitter / tafeorganiser: And the jail 'industry' keeps ...

Twitter / tafeorganiser: And the jail 'industry' keeps ... | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
RT @tafeorganiser: And the jail 'industry' keeps growing in NSW. Fund TAFE Barry! http://t.co/tGBT0Y1dYE
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Self evident. Fund TAFE properly LNP State Premiers!

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$13million TAFE funding cut - Port Macquarie News

$13million TAFE funding cut - Port Macquarie News | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
$13million TAFE funding cut Port Macquarie News North Coast Institute of TAFE director Elizabeth McGregor is devastated the future of the innovative project, that was set to link allied health students across five campuses and provide them access...
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Unfortunately REAL VISION is what is lacking by all Governments when it comes to adequately funding TAFE and Universities simultaneously. They don't seem to be able to chew gum and walk at the same time. All this at a time in Australia's history when we have one of the strongest economies in the world. When will we fund our wonderful educational institutions like our TAFEs properly? 

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Greens win Senate inquiry into TAFE accessibility and affordability ...

Greens win Senate inquiry into TAFE accessibility and affordability ... | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
The Australian Senate today passed a Greens motion moved by higher education spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon to establish an inquiry into TAFE operations, accessibility and public funding.
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Successive state and federal governments have seriously undermined TAFE in its position as the preeminent national vocational educator by opening this sector to low-cost, low-quality private providers. The inquiry will apparently look into different funding models for TAFE, and their impact on accessibility and affordability issues. The inquiry will almost certainly reveal how TAFE has been undermined as the central and highest quality system of developing technical education and the skills. This is a very welcome inquiry.
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OECD educationtoday: Let's talk about skills

OECD educationtoday: Let's talk about skills | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it

Aptly named, the “Skills Obstacle Course” is just one of the many interactive exercises which the OECD has designed to generate in-depth and structured discussions among highly diverse stakeholders – drawn from ...


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Australia's training system is becoming a much more complex "obstacle course" than it has been in the past as various state and federal governments are "fiddling" with their TAFE systems and devolving much of these TAFE systems to private providers under a flawed fully contestable funding model. This appears to be contrary to the direction that many  of the OECD nations are heading. Three common features appear to be shared by all countries involved in this so far. One, a broad, strategic perspective on the national “skills system" of each country integrating policies on education, employment, migration, taxation and local economic development. Two, a strong focus on the enabling conditions which foster better skills outcomes, including the need for a ‘whole of government’ approach to skills. This is not what we are getting in Australia. Thirdly, a strong commitment to engaging all relevant stakeholders in formulating  a shared understanding of the skills challenges ahead and possible solutions. Why? It seems from this that experience demonstrates that open policy dialogue, built on solid data, is the only sound foundation on which to generate effective approaches. Perhaps in Australia our current governments are too hastily creating a more complex skills obstacle course rather than a more accessible one, particularly for our youth, but also for those older workers needing re-training. 

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Bendigo TAFE sacks 'Victoria's favourite librarian'

Bendigo TAFE sacks 'Victoria's favourite librarian' | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
BENDIGO TAFE has axed five staff from its library, including a woman who was named Victoria's favourite librarian.
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These TAFE Cuts are being applied indiscriminately without any thought of the depth of "good will" that is being lost. Truely atrocious treatment of such valuable staff.

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Elizabeth Farrelly: Government's quick march out of the institutions

Elizabeth Farrelly: Government's quick march out of the institutions | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Suddenly, everywhere you look, our great public institutions are being abraded and traduced. (Killing TAFE.
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This is one of the most insightful articles I have seen written to date regarding the destruction of many of our great public institutions, one of which is TAFE.  Elizabeth Farrelly identifies the key problem when she says ...."But it wholly ignores TAFE's critical role in providing second-chance education to people who, for whatever reason, do not fly through school."


Anyone who really cares about what is going on should read this article and take up these matters with their local MP.  Right on the money!

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/elizabeth-farrelly-governments-quick-march-out-of-the-institutions-20131204-2yr35.html#ixzz2maFSS9Pi

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TAFE chief says the worst is over - Warrnambool Standard

TAFE chief says the worst is over - Warrnambool Standard | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFE chief says the worst is over
Warrnambool Standard
AFTER a tumultuous 18 months of cuts and pain South West TAFE leaders are confident 2014 will be a time for healing and growth.
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Don't you believe it. There are many more cuts to come. The TAFE Cuts so far are, while already very significant are due to the new fully contestable funding regime being phased in by the Liberal State Govt's.

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TAFEs claim funding cuts will cost jobs and millions | theage.com.au


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The "rorting" that is occurring in the private VET sector training businesses, not in TAFEs, is a direct result of the Victorian Government's contestable funding policies. They have acknowledged that they will have to clean up the mess. The NSW Government is implementing the same flawed model under its so called "Smart and Skilled" reforms. Not very smart and the workforce won't be very skilled. However, some private providers are obviously very smart and skilled at lining their pockets! Stop the TAFE Cuts!

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Michael Kerwin: The Future of Training My Be Vocational Education - Manufacturing.net

Michael Kerwin: The Future of Training My Be Vocational Education - Manufacturing.net | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Manufacturing.net Michael Kerwin: The Future of Training My Be Vocational Education Manufacturing.net On today's episode we speak with Michael Kerwin, President of NTMA Training Centers of Southern California, who provides a look into the important...
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At least some parts of the world seem to be understanding the importance of Vocational Education and they don't view it narrowly as just "training". It is seen as the future, in this specific case in California, as Voc Education and incredibly important to the future. What's wrong with our State Premiers. They see it as an area to privatise and sell off to private sector to those areas that stand to make profit. Longer term visions in regards to the importance of adequate depth and quality of skills development in Australia? Seems to be vanishing. California is getting it. Stop the TAFE CUTS!

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Members of TAFE Western recognised for contributions - Daily Liberal

Members of TAFE Western recognised for contributions - Daily Liberal | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Members of TAFE Western recognised for contributions
Daily Liberal
SEVEN members of TAFE Western's Dubbo College have been recognised for their hard work and achievements, named as winners in the 2013 Institute Director's Awards.
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There is an incredible irony in this when you consider what is going on behind the scenes with the terrible TAFE Cuts!

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Children at Hornsby TAFE Children's Centre caught in eye of Hornsby tornado - The Daily Telegraph

Children at Hornsby TAFE Children's Centre caught in eye of Hornsby tornado - The Daily Telegraph | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Children at Hornsby TAFE Children's Centre caught in eye of Hornsby tornado
The Daily Telegraph
TWENTY five children have miraculously escaped injury after their child care centre was caught in the eye of the Hornsby tornado.
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Well done all TAFE staff for keeping cool through that ordeal and looking after the kids so well. Great job TAFIES!

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I like to watch | TAFE NSW - TAFE Bytes

I like to watch | TAFE NSW - TAFE Bytes | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Do you like to watch? Or do you prefer being there? There's been a lot of discussion lately about the use of video and audio lecture capture technology to record videos of lectures or classroom activity.
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The results are clearly not surprising at all. Pushing the online delivery of courses needs to be re-thought through carefully. TAFE has been pushing this for some time to save money, mainly due to funding cuts. The studies found that: "Students who’d normally skip lectures are now more likely to, because they feel they can “catch up later”. The trouble is, they often don’t. This is known as the Google Effect, meaning that if you know something is readily available online, you’re likely to forget about it. Or leave it until later." These approaches should be complementary rather than a replacement for real lectures and face to face classes that enforce a type of "discipline" to the learning. Students need this discipline. One is not better than the other. However, online delivery is cheaper!

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We Still Need Arts Education | Practical Theory

We Still Need Arts Education | Practical Theory | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
I know this post is not exactly espousing a radical notion, but it's still worth putting words to the page. Theo loves to draw. He's got an ...
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And we seem to be heading in the same direction here. Arts courses in TAFE were some of the first to go! Stop the funding cuts to education and TAFE. Gonski desperately needs to be implemented and the TAFE funding cuts need to stop! Why is this funding cutting to education systems occurring in the very economies that can most afford the spending rather than cutting. Are we becoming extremely shortsighted? Why this phenomenon? Can an economist enlighten us please?

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TAFE works

TAFE works | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFE NSW Managing Director Pam Christie reflects on what has been achieved in 2013 and outlines the challenges ahead as TAFE continues to implement new systems and reforms in preparation for Smart and Skilled.
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Pam Christie says nothing here to criticise her political masters in relation to this "new world" of contestable funding. No mention of the severe under funding of TAFE or the moves under the so called Smart and Skilled to move to this fully contestable funding system which is seriously undermining access and equity. The worst is yet to come. Dumb and Unskilled would appear to be the new way where the race to the bottom is well and truly underway. Yes, there wil be many challenges for our wonderful TAFE system in 2014 and beyond.

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SA TAFE facing BIG cuts and fee increases

SA TAFE facing BIG cuts and fee increases | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
The Australian      |     21   December 2013 TAFE in South Australia faces massive funding cuts and course caps at a time when Holden's closure is expected to trigger huge demand for retraining. Th...
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Victoria has already introduced a similar system back in 2009, an utter disaster. This unleashed a series of funding cuts and policy changes after its training budget blew out by $400m, sparking course and campus closures and thousands of training job losses.

South Australia is now following Victoria, NSW and QLD by introducing similar changes. There will be "purchase limits” applied to courses from mid next year. This contradicts the underpinning philosophy of the state’s policy known as "Skills for All," which is that colleges can admit all eligible students who want to enrol. In NSW it is being touted as "Smart and Skilled" but will certainly not be an openly accessible system of opportunity for skills development for all. Very contradictory policies going on.

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Education in a changing world : flexibility, skills, and employability


Via Canadian Vocational Association / Association canadienne de la formation professionnelle
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This World Bank paper puts education under the microscope of the changing demands of technology, labor markets, demography, and migration. It identifies the weaknesses in current education systems. Very interesting!

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Canadian Vocational Association / Association canadienne de la formation professionnelle's curator insight, December 13, 2013 1:52 PM

New technologies, globalization, the information revolution, and labor market changes have affected the world economy on an unprecedented scale. As a consequence, the demand for a skilled workforce has increased, world trade and migration have intensified, and the divide between the haves and have nots has vastly widened.
This paper puts education under the lens of the changing demands of technology, the labor market, demography, and migration. It identifies the weaknesses in current education systems, such as restricted access, skills mismatches, and weak school-to-work linkages. It calls for making education systems more flexible and responsive to change so that they maximize human resources, equip people with updated skills, and prepare youth for the world of work.
http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2012/05/23/000356161_20120523022400/Rendered/PDF/691040WP00PUBL0ability0WEB050110120.pdf

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TAFE NSW News

TAFE NSW News | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
TAFE SWSi wins Australian Large Training Provider of the Year Award (RT @tafensw: TAFE SWSi wins Australian Large Training Provider of the Year Award http://t.co/ljoE2Ts5Of)...
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Well done TAFE SWSi. Congratulations to all the hard working staff. An obviously very happy TAFE Institute Director Mr Peter Roberts. Deservedly so!

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Multi-material 3D printer creates realistic neurosurgical models for training

Multi-material 3D printer creates realistic neurosurgical models for training | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it

Researchers from Malaysia and the UK have used a new multi-material 3D printer to create realistic, low-cost model of the skull for use by students in practicing neurosurgical techniques.

 

The model uses a variety of materials that simulate the various consistencies and densities of human tissues encountered during neurosurgery.

 

Neurosurgery is a difficult discipline to master. Trainees may spend as many as 10 years after graduation from medical school developing and honing their surgical skills before they can be designated as proficient in their specialty. The greater the number and variety of neurosurgical training sessions, the better the training experience.

 

However, the researchers say, it’s difficult to find suitable simulation models that offer accuracy and realism for neurosurgical training while keeping training costs down.

 

Three-dimensional printers have been used to create models of normal and pathological human tissues and organs for physician training and patient instruction for some time.  Until recently, however, only one material could be used in the creation of models, which is of little value for hands-on training.

 

With the advent of multi-material 3D printers, the sophistication and versatility of the new models that could be created increased substantially, but so did their price. Now the newest multi-material 3D printers are available at lower prices.

 

With the aid of a Stratasys Objet500 Connex multi-material 3D printer, researchers at the University of Malaya created a two-part model that can simulate pathological conditions in actual patients.

 

The base piece of the model (the “head”) consists of one material. It has human features (a “face”) and the natural contours of a human skull. This piece is used to train the novice in neuronavigation techniques and can be reused again and again.

 

The second part of the model defines the region in which simulated surgery is performed. This piece contains several different materials, which separately simulate skin, bone, dura mater, tumor, and normal brain tissue.


To make the training session valuable, the trainee must be able to see, feel, and even hear different “tissue” responses to surgical instruments and techniques during simulation surgery. The researchers say the “skin” is designed to be pliable enough to be cut by a scalpel and repaired by sutures, yet sturdy enough to be held by a retractor; the “bone” has to be hard enough for the trainee to obtain experience using bone perforators and cutters; and the “dura mater” must be thin and pliable — just like the real thing.

 
Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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The key to this as a wonderful tool in training is understanding that the greater the number and variety of this type of hands on practical enables better development of true "psychomotor skills" by experiencing better "feel" of differences in tissue. The greater the variety and type of neurosurgical training sessions, the better the training experience.  This is fundamental to anyone who has ever been involved in training high level applied skills that are above simply being task orientated. Very promising.

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Supporting new students from vocational education and training ...

Supporting new students from vocational education and training ... | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
This paper reports on a project that investigated the first year, online experiences of vocational education and training (VET) pathway students studying at university. It was found that, although some students embraced online ...
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Very dangerous assumptions are often made as to what students find works well and what type of support they need. Online delivery is often "pushed" without finding the efficacy of them first or the real support needed by the students. Time is, from my experience as a FT TAFE teacher for 27 years, the biggest problem. Pushing students into an online flexible mode only exacerbates this time poor problem. They need much more assisted support. Sometimes a face to face mode is much more efficient and forces a type of disciple for the learning structure.

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TAFE funding concerns

TAFE funding concerns | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
A forum is being held in Lake Macquarie tonight to raise concerns about State Government funding for TAFE.
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The NSW O'Farrell Govt. are simply implementing the same funding changes that have already been introduced in TAFE Vic. The Victorian experience to date has been an unmitigated disaster. There is a phenomenon known as learning. Why do some politicians, Education Ministers and Premiers in particular not seem to be very good at learning from mistaken policies? Unless, of course, they are being driven by ideologies rather than a better funding policy.

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NSW bill tags TAFE as 'major' provider - The Australian

NSW bill tags TAFE as 'major' provider - The Australian | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
NSW bill tags TAFE as 'major' provider The Australian But this week government MPs agreed to the alteration, which means the Skills Board can only oversee reform that “maintains the TAFE Commission as the major provider of vocational education and...
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The fact that the O'Farrell government didn’t vote against this amended bill shows they are feeling pressure with regards to the huge community concern now building about their reforms known as "Smart and Skilled". The government can sense very substantial public resentment building in relation to not maintaining TAFE.

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Artistic night for TAFE community - Warrnambool Extra

Artistic night for TAFE community - Warrnambool Extra | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
Artistic night for TAFE community Warrnambool Extra South West TAFE Arts, Media and Design team leader Andrea Radley said the exhibition featured work by visual arts, painting, sculpture, textiles, tapestry, graphic design and interactive media...
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This is a wonderful artistic night for the TAFE community in Warrnambool. Ironic when you come realise that the similar ARTS based courses in NSW TAFE have been axed. Is irony the correct term or should we use another for what has happened under the O'Farrell Government's TAFE Cuts?

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Interview Transcript - TAFE and rising fees, a student speaks out.

Interview Transcript - TAFE and rising fees, a student speaks out. | TAFE Vocational Education and Training | Scoop.it
I wanted to interview a Certificate 4 Student about TAFE fee rises, so I was lucky enough to interview one of my study colleagues, Ethan Kirby. ( The transcript can be found below.) “ Thank-you, ye...
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TAFE students say that they think the fee rises are "ridiculous" and they say that "TAFE was the institution built for people that couldn’t afford to go to University, and for people who don’t have an advantage to do that." I think the students have worked out what is going on very well. The students are very smart And perceptive.

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