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Musings on Vocational Education and Training in Australia Kindle Edition
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This collection of writing looks at various aspects of the Australian Vocational Education and Training system (VET). It covers a wide range of topics from marketing and branding, to government policy and strategy, and workforce participation.
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How to successfully design and implement a Vocational Education and Training (VET) System that works2 April 2016
Putting aside the terrible proof-reading of this publication, it is a very "rose coloured glasses" and shallow account of the Australian Vocational Education and Training System, which was privatised about 20 years ago. The author is clearly a supporter of privatisation and business acumen, as though that business/corporate approach will address all of the perceived problems and issues of a State or Federal public education system. Of course, it doesn't. Students and vocational education are not a commodity. The fact that $6 billion, to date, has been rorted from the public purse by unscrupulous Registered Training Organisations seems to elude the thought processes in Musings on Vocational Educational Education and Training. Added to this, is there is no evidence that outcomes, efficiency and effectiveness of a privatised VET System are improved by a privatised, commodified, marketised system of vocational education and training. In fact, there is evidence of the very opposite. (See: [...]). The tragedy is that thousands of students have been duped by unscrupulous marketing tactics so that many Registered Training Organisations, and complex corporate structures made up of many different RTOs, can reap profiteering from student help funding from the public purse. What is more, many completion rates are low, many students receive dubious qualifications due to short cuts in training, and profits of 35cents to 60cents in the dollar are not uncommon. Meanwhile, the public vocational education and training providers (Institutes of Technical and Further Education) are forced to be part of the privatised system with the expectation of of maintaining public buildings and amenities. The Free Market operation of vocational education and training illusion is an unattainable utopia. History, research and experience has proven it time and time again. The base qualification for Trainers in the privatised system is at Certificate IV level - it is completely inadequate and is more designed to make Trainers controllable for regulatory purposes than it is to provide real vocational education and training. It is not well regarded and regularly prone to shysters offering its contents over a few days rather than the intended 6 to 18 months - or even up to 2 years. There are some 5,0000 Registered Training Organisations, some with elaborate, complex, corporate structures that predominantly ensure massive earnings from public funds for the directors - not quality outcomes for students, trainers and employers. It surprises me that Industry in Australia allows the label "An Industry-led VET System" because by most standards the VET System is an embarrassment to expert vocational education and training educationists - who, by the way had no input into the creation of the privatised VET System. Imagine that - a whole group of industry specialists, the VET 'Industry' not being invited or included in an Industry-led System. Australian VET System designers knowingly or unknowingly adopted and manipulated two distinct theoretical approaches to curriculum, being constructivism and instrumentalism. Competency Based Training translates knowledge from being general and principled knowledge to particularised knowledge, because its selection and usefulness is determined by the extent to which it is relevant in a particular context. Students thus have access to knowledge in its particularised form, but are not provided with the means to relate it to its general and principled structure and system of meaning.VET trainers need to be current in at least two 'industries' - a. VET 'industry and b. their specialty. One without the other has made a mockery of the whole VET System. 1. Industry currency and VET professional obsolescence: what can industry tell us? [...] 2. Absurd limitations of VET Cert. IV & Dip. qualifications for the front-line contact person http://bit.ly/1D5FeQM. I recommend the following books as a starting point for deeper understanding of vocational education and training - 1. Developing Vocational Expertise: Principles and Issues in Vocational Education [...] 2. Why Voc. Ed. & Training privatisation policy doesn't work [...] 3. How to successfully design and implement a Vocational Education and Training (VET) System that works [...]
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