ALA Webinar: The RTO you didn’t know

Australia’s VET system is acknowledged as among the best in the world. But new entrants to VET and experienced practitioners alike can find the ‘system’ overwhelming. Whether you’re looking for a broad introduction to VET or want to find out ‘what’s new’ in Australia’s VET system, this interactive webinar will offer clarity. We’ll clarify VET jargon and give a high-level overview of VET that includes what VET is, who key VET stakeholders are…

2018 International VET Practitioner Fellowships

2018 International VET Practitioner Fellowships – now open The Victorian Department of Education and Training (DET) in partnership with the International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS Institute) are offering ten (10) International Fellowships of $13,000 each. The Department of Education and Training works in partnership with the International Specialised Skills Institute by funding the International VET Practitioner Fellowships. The…

ALA Webinar: How to embed foundation skills into VET

As a vocational trainer or training manager, you play a crucial role in the lives of the people you train. In this interactive workshop, we’ll discover how a focus on foundation skills can improve training outcomes and equip your learners for today’s constantly-evolving world-of-work. We’ll help you identify practical ways to build learners’ foundation skills through your training.   Who will find this webinar useful? Vocational trainers…

E-learning in VET gets a boost

  The National VET E-learning Strategy is set to boost the innovative use of e-learning in the vocational education and training (VET) sector, with a release of guidelines for new co-investment funding opportunities in 2012. The joint Australian State and Territory Government initiative is offering co-investment funding for projects which strengthen the Australian training sector’s use of new learning technologies; stimulating innovative…

VET E-portfolio roadmap

…The VET E-portfolio Roadmap, a national strategic plan designed to support the diverse requirements for e-portfolios in vocational education and training (VET), is now available on the E-portfolios Resources webpage. See the media release below for more details….

Community Pathways to VET award winner announced

Ron Maxwell from Western College with Kate Davis

Ron Maxwell from Western College with Kate Davis The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) have announced the winners of their National Australian Training Awards for 2011. This year, for the first time, the award categories included a national award for Community Pathways to VET, and ALA board member, Mark Brophy was one of the judges. Western College in Dubbo, NSW was the winner of the award. The Australian…

Investing in VET at Swan TAFE

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, visited Swan TAFE in Perth to announce Australian Government funding to support a range of infrastructure and fast-tracked apprenticeship projects. The Carlisle Campus of Swan TAFE will receive a grant of $5.9 million under the $200 million Training Infrastructure Investment for Tomorrow element of the Teaching and Learning Capital Fund for Vocational Education and Training (TLCF). The upgrade will…

Industry to have more input into VET

Research and submissions

2018 Research   Submissions Pre-budget submission 2018–2019 ALP post secondary education inquiry 2017 Research Australian ACE environmental scan: 2017 update Submissions Pre-budget submission 2017–18 ALA submission to the Human Services Inquiry 2016 Research The role of ACE in supporting equitable mental health reform ACE and results based accountability Australia ACE Environmental Scan Research Project 2016 Submissions Submission to the…

ALA endorses a system of lifelong education

Adult Learning Australia welcomes Business Council’s endorsement of lifelong learning Adult Learning Australia (ALA) welcomed the plan released by the Business Council of Australia (BCA) for a system of lifelong education in Australia but says the plan does not go far enough. The report, Future Proof, Protecting Australians through Education and Skills, proposes a new tertiary model enabling the Australian workforce to remain agile and…

Release of the Foundation Skills Assessment Tool

On 12 September 2016, the Department of Education and Training launched the Foundation Skills Assessment Tool (FSAT). FSAT is a free, interactive online tool designed to identify and measure an individual’s foundation skill levels (English language, literacy and numeracy skills as well as employability skills). It is now available at https://www.fsat.education.gov.au/ FSAT provides valuable information to trainers and educators such as…

Adult and community education

Adult Learning Australia is the peak body for adult and community education (ACE) in Australia. ACE in Australia is diverse and varies from state to state. Learn more about ACE in Australia. ACE includes: Aboriginal Community Controlled Education Providers AMES Australia Centre for Adult Education (CAE) (VIC) Community Colleges Community Learning Centres Neighbourhood and Community Houses Telecentres LINC network (TAS) U3As Workers Education…

Media release and submission: ALA welcomes Labor’s shake-up of post-school education

Adult Learning Australia, the national peak body for adult and community education (ACE), welcomes Labor’s commitment to an inquiry into Australia’s post-school education system, and the acknowledgement that the status quo is not working. “This has been a long time coming. Funding cuts and open competition in the VET system have failed both students and employers,” says Jenny Macaffer, CEO. “We need government policy that is focussed on the…

Press release: Ensuring access to skills and training for all Australians

PRESS RELEASE 31 January 2017 Adult Learning Australia welcomes the Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s focus on ensuring access for all Australians to the skills and training they need for ‘a decent job’ and ‘a good life’. At the National Press Club today, Labor further committed to convening a National Skills Summit to bring together business leaders, unions, education providers and workers. “Adults need new skills to…

About us

Adults learning through discussion, at a Neighbourhood House in Victoria

  Adult Learning Australia (ALA) is the largest national peak body for adult and community education (ACE). We are a not-for-profit entity with both organisational and individual members in all states and territories who reflect the diversity of adult and community education. ALA is primarily funded by membership dues, subscriptions and project revenues. ALA has been in operation for 58 years and has members in every state and territory….

The value of adult teaching and learning practices: A story about re/engagement.

This session looked at a recent Ballarat University funded project using narrative analysis which involved interviewing 20 young students between the ages of 16 and 21 years enrolled in alternative out of school programs, namely the ‘young mums program’ located in the Wendouree Community Centre, ‘The Stepping Stones Program’ located in Daylesford, and ‘The Link-Up program’ and ‘Youth Works’ both located in Ballarat. The session looked at how…

WAVE National Conference – Skills for All Australians: What about women and girls?

WAVE is celebrating 25 years with a National Conference! Skills for All Australians: What about women and girls? WAVE is a national network of women involved in VET, ACE and the broad field of work-related education and training. WAVE provides seminars & workshops, research, policy advocacy and advice, as well as networking on a national and state basis. We are supported within each state by local representation that in turn contributes…

NSW positions vacant

Position Business Trainer and Assessor Organisation Inverell Community College Details To train CIII in Business. TAE40110 CIV Training and Assessment, qualifications and experience in business required Contact For further information email: eo@communitycollegeni.nsw.edu.au Close TBA   Position Program Coordinator Organisation Bingara…

Press release: A lifelong learning policy for Australia

Adult Learning Australia, the national peak body for adult and community education, welcomes the Hodgman Government’s recognition of adult education as a foundation to building Tasmania’s future and in helping Tasmanians access the skills they need for work and life. Adult Learning Australia’s recent conference in Hobart explored the different ways equitable access to lifelong learning can change people’s lives. At the conference, delegates…

ALA LLN Webinar: Validation of ACSF assessment resources

This webinar is for adult language, literacy and numeracy practitioners to come together and look at aspects of quality assessment. It provides an excellent opportunity to gain external validation of tasks mapped to the Australian core Skills Framework (ACSF). This session is all about collaboration and peer appraisal. The structure for this webinar involves participants sharing one small assessment task or strategy for the group to validate….

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