Our policy platform

…, Policy Research, Topical Issue No. 06 [vi] Beddie, F & Nechvoglod, L 2011, Hard to reach learners: What works in reaching and keeping them, Victorian ACFE Board, Australia. [vii] Teese, R 2004, Early school leavers and VET, in Equity in vocational education and training: research readings, ed. K Bowman, NCVER, Adelaide, pp.184-193. [viii] We means “agency” in the sociological sense of purposeful, goal directed activity in which the “agent”…

Community Pathways to VET award winner announced

Ron Maxwell from Western College with Kate Davis

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 Training Awards are the peak, national awards for the vocational education and training (VET) sector, recognising and rewarding organisations and individuals for their outstanding contribution to skilling Australia. Mark was also a recipient of a Fulbright Professional Scholar in Vocational Education and…

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….

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…

Industry to have more input into VET

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…

Lifelong learning

…f the rest of the population. The extent to which ACE lives up to this potential varies from provider to provider and state to state. Overall, we know that ACE RTOs enrol Indigenous learners at nearly twice the rate of other VET providers. The picture for non-accredited learning is less clear. The ACE sector plays an important role in supporting mature Australians to continue their learning in a supported environment. ACE supports older learners…

ALA endorses a system of lifelong education

…the ACE sector has a higher level of success in graduates taking up employment after training (12.7 %) than all other providers TAFE (10%), private providers (6.1%) or Universities (2.9%). ALA supports an increased focus on VET as a key economic driver in a competitive global market and in the face of rapid technological change. But the ACE sector’s significant role in lifelong learning and VET service provision has been largely overlooked in…

Release of the Foundation Skills Assessment Tool

…urposes of personalising learning or for support and development. Promotion of FSAT By participating in this phase of FSAT development, RTOs will be helping to ensure that a final and free version of FSAT is available to the VET sector as quickly as possible. In order for this release of FSAT to be a success, and for the tool to be validated and finalised, it will be important for it to be widely promoted across the VET sector. Fact Sheet…

Research and submissions

…pshot of the sector in 2015 Submissions ACE sector statement Pre-Budget submission 2015/16 Federal Budget Response to discussion paper review of training packages and accredited curriculum Submission for inquiry into private VET funding Fact sheets Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family learning ACE and the ageing population Adult and community education (ACE) in Australia ACE in rural and regional Australia Adult learning and civic…

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

…r diverse and changing society,” says Ms Macaffer. Adult Learning Australia agrees with Labor’s statement that where students study is important, but what they learn is crucial. Each year in Australia, ACE providers assist many adults to improve basic foundation skills and offer a platform for further vocational learning with a significant proportion of all adults participating in accredited education programs at ACE VET providers. The not for…

NSW positions vacant

…0;i.nsw.edu.au Close TBA   Position Program Coordinator Organisation Bingara Community College Details Ideal for an independent worker who likes to take charge. A passion for promoting VET and hobby courses required. 15 hours per week. Contact For further information email: eo@communitycollegeni.nsw.edu.au…

Adult and community education

…nd training (2011) report recommends that ‘Australian governments affirm the importance of the adult and community education (ACE) sector as a pathway for individuals undertaking pre-vocational, bridging, entry-level and foundation skills programs by formally acknowledging in the next intergovernmental resourcing agreement for the sector the role played by ACE providers in attracting previously disengaged learners’. National VET

Lifelong learning

…ind their peers in scientific literacy. Young people and adults outside the major cities are less likely to finish high school or to attend university but they are more likely to complete a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification. ACE in rural and regional Australia Of the 938 Adult and Community Education centres registered with ALA, half are in rural and regional Australia. These centres vary in size from large Community…

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

…Ballarat. The session looked at how adult educators engage and reconnect students enrolled in these programs, and also more broadly addressed the important [first step] role that ACE plays for young [and older] people in the VET landscape in Victoria, Australia. Dr Annette Foley has worked across the TAFE, Higher Education, Secondary, Adult Community Education, and private training sectors for over 25 years. Throughout her career Annette has…

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…

ALA LLN Webinar: Validating your LLN resources to the ACSF

…pa McLean, will guide the validation session, sharing her extensive experience in adult language, literacy and numeracy. She has successfully facilitated both state and national professional development in the area of LLN in VET practice, including working in the online space. For this webinar to work, we need assessment tasks to validate. Please send in one or more assessment tasks for validation, identifying the ACSF level and the ACSF core…

Past editions of Australian Journal of Adult Learning

…eracy programs in New Zealand John Benseman Meeting diverse expectations: Department of Tutorial Classes, Sydney University, 1919 to 1963 Darryl Dymock and Ann Kelly ‘Trying to keep up’: The experience of combining full-time VET with work Michelle Morris Engaging in continuing education and training: Learning preferences of worker-learners in the health and community services industry Sarojni Choy, Stephen Billett and Ann Kelly Time, money,…

ALA LLN Webinar: Validating your LLN resources

…pa McLean, will guide the validation session, sharing her extensive experience in adult language, literacy and numeracy. She has successfully facilitated both state and national professional development in the area of LLN in VET practice, including working in the online space. On registering for the webinar you will be invited to submit an assessment for validation, identifying the ACSF level and the ACSF core skill. Assessments in draft form,…

ALA LLN Webinar: Validating FSK Assessments

…as been working in the TAFE sector for over 23 years first as a numeracy and mathematics teacher and then in coordinating and delivering support programs. She currently works with units of competency from FSK mapping them to VET courses across a variety of areas. This is a great opportunity to hear from a skilled practitioner, and take part in a valuable interaction with your peers. View a short video interview with Chris talking about the…