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…

Sector events

Here is a snapshot of events in 2019 that you may be interested in. Jan Feb Mar NFP conference Empowerment through knowledge 14 March 2019, Melbourne More details here. ACEVic conference The Power of Community Education 28 – 29 March 2019, Melbourne The ACEVic Conference 2019 focuses on emerging research, innovative models of education, and new opportunities for adult learners. More details here. April ACOSS Budget Breakfast 15 April…

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…

Research and submissions

2019 Research Factsheets Adult and community education Adult learning and civic participation Adult literacy and numeracy Disengaged young people and adult and community education Intergenerational and family learning and literacy Lifelong learning for an ageing population Recognising all types of learning Rural and regional Australians Submissions Future opportunities for adult learners in Victoria. Pathways to participation and jobs…

Australian Journal of Adult Learning member library

2019 Volume 59, Number 1, April 2019 Are we all on course? A curriculum mapping comparison of three Australian university open-access enabling programs Nannagogy: Social movement learning for older women’s activism in the gas fields of Australia The need for a complexity informed active citizenship education program Learning to deal with freedom and restraints: Elderly women’s experiences of their husbands visiting a Men’s…

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…

Australian Journal of Adult Learning member library

2019 Volume 59, Number 1, April 2019 Are we all on course? A curriculum mapping comparison of three Australian university open-access enabling programs Nannagogy: Social movement learning for older women’s activism in the gas fields of Australia The need for a complexity informed active citizenship education program Learning to deal with freedom and restraints: Elderly women’s experiences of their husbands visiting a Men’s…

Greens position on adult and community education

Senator Mehreen Faruqi – Spokesperson for Education and Lifelong Learning How does your party recognise the role of Adult and Community Education in the Australian education system? Lifelong learning is at the very core of the Greens’ principles on education. The Greens believe that education is a right of people at all stages of life and that all people are entitled to free, well-funded and high quality, life-long public education…

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…

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…

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  …

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…

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…

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 59 years and has members in every state and territory. ALA is…

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…

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