27 June 2017
UPCOMING VDC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
27 June 2017
Thank you to all that attended the 2017 VDC VET Leaders Lunch. It was fantastic to see attendees from interstate and regional areas coming to the function. AFL Hawthorn Champion Luke Hodge and media personality Michael Roberts did not disappoint, with Luke providing a fascinating insight to the leadership role and challenges of a senior player at an elite professional sporting organisation.
The Commonwealth Government is undertaking a Review of the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 and its associated legislative framework will assess the suitability and capacity of the framework to ensure students and employers can access quality training into the future. There will be an opportunity for you to provide feedback. For further information on the review please visit https://www.education.gov.au/nvetr-act-review.
As was well documented in the media, the Government established the new Vocational Education and Training student loans (VSL) program on 1 January 2017 to replace the VET-FEE-HELP scheme. As part of the VSL program, a new VET Ombudsman will commence from 1 July 2017. For further information please visit http://www.ombudsman.gov.au/about/vet-student-loans-ombudsman
VDC is proudly managing and delivering the 2017 Skills First Trainer and Assessor Academic Grants program to support Victorian VET teachers improve training quality.
Chief Executive Officer
Thirteen passionate teachers working in Victoria’s training sector will boost their skills and improve their career opportunities thanks to the Victorian Government. Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney today announced the successful applicants for the 2017 Skills First Academic Grants, which are open to teachers working in the Victorian Government-funded training system. The successful teachers and trainers come from across the state, including two from the Gordon Institute of TAFE, two from SuniTAFE and three from GOTAFE. Each will receive up to $8,000 towards a post-graduate qualification in education and teaching which will help them better support the students they teach. They’ll also receive individual coaching and access to further professional development to better meet the changing needs of Victorian students. The VET Development Centre (VDC) will be providing workplace coaching and mentoring, and professional development programs.[Read More]
The school curriculum is divided into subject streams like mathematics and history. VET teaching teams and departments deliver domain specific skills like technical drawing or hairdressing or accounting. Training packages are designed with technical skills front and centre. Higher education programs are similarly organised.[Read More]
Australia needs to increase the proportion of secondary students who pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) through to Year 12 and beyond. The Office of the Chief Scientist believed if industry and schools worked more closely together, students would gain insights about STEM’s relevance to the workforce, encouraging them to pursue STEM in tertiary studies.[Read More]
The Commonwealth’s 2017 Budget announced the establishment of the Skilling Australians Fund – a $1.5 billion allocation through to 2020-21 that will require matching funding from the states and territories. The Fund prioritises apprenticeships, traineeships, pre-apprenticeships, higher level apprenticeships, occupations in high demand, and areas with growth potential.[Read More]