ALA Podcast: The RTO you didn’t know

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 podcast will offer clarity. We’ll clarify VET jargon and give a high-level overview of VET that includes what VET is, who key VET

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…

Media release: Adult and community education plays a vital role in VET

…Adult Learning Australia (ALA) welcomes the announcement of a review into vocational education and training (VET) by the Federal Government. ALA will work to assist the review and advance the interests of not for profit adult and community providers and adult learners. VET review terms of reference ALA media release: VET Review ALP VET Review media release Govt VET Review 332V1024[1]…

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…

Sector events

Here is a snapshot of events in 2018 that you may be interested in. Jan Feb Mar ACEVic 2018 conference March 15–16 2018, Melbourne Smart and sustainable The 2018 Adult and Community Education Victoria conference explored smarter ways to work that create flexible and viable options for not-for-profits. April ALA summit: Towards a national lifelong learning policy for Australia April 17 2018, Melbourne From ideal to real This Summit put lifelong…

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 or…

ALA Podcast: 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 podcast, 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 or training managers….

Teaching and Teacher Education Conference – December 2018

Australian Council of Deans of Education Vocational Education Group (ACDEVEG) is hosting: Building confidence in VET Practice: 4th Annual Conference on VET Teaching and VET Teacher Education Date: 6–7 December 2018 Location: Melbourne campus of the Central Queensland University. Workshops will be facilitated in the afternoon sessions on Thursday 6th: What makes a good vocational and educational trainer? VOCEDplus Teaching and Learning Pod:…

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…

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

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….

CBT is a bad model of curriculum

Leesa Wheelahan – Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – University of Toronto Competency-based training (CBT) has been the model of curriculum in vocational education in Australia since the 1980s. The current model, called training packages, was introduced in 1997. CBT was introduced to align vocational education with the needs of the labour market, to increase the links between jobs and qualifications, and to support people…

ALA podcasts

Featured podcast: ‘Best-practice’ competency-based assessment In this podcast, Chemène Sinson will cover key knowledge that assessors need to ensure that their assessment practice is of the highest-possible standard. She will help new entrants get ‘up to speed’ with ‘best practice’ assessment, and help experienced assessors refresh skills and remain ‘current’ with their assessment practice. Best-practice’ competency-based assessment’ is…

Australian Journal of Adult Learning member library

2018 Volume 58, Number 1, April 2018 Enabling learners starts with knowing them: Student attitudes, aspiration and anxiety towards science and maths learning in an Australian pre-university enabling program What should be considered when designing and developing a counselling course for adults from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds? Informal workplace learning experiences of graduate student employees Enhancing e-learning in old…

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…

Research and submissions

2018 Research Re-imagining a new WELL Submissions ALA’s submission to the Business Council Australia’s (BFA) Future Proof: Protecting Australians Through Education and Skills Reform Paper Pre-budget submission 2018–2019 ALP post secondary education inquiry Papers Lifelong learning discussion paper 2017 Research Australian ACE environmental scan: 2017 update Submissions Pre-budget submission 2017–18 ALA submission to the Human…

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…

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…

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