13 June 2017
UPCOMING VDC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
13 June 2017
It’s with great pleasure that we launch our program for the VDC 2017 Teaching and Learning Conference on 7 & 8 September 2017.
The conference is once again being held the RACV Torquay Resort on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, an ideal setting for teachers and practitioners to relax and network.
The program highlights include:
Concurrent workshops will also be repeated to ensure attendees don’t miss out a topic that is of interest.
The feedback received from last year’s conference supports the claim that is event is the highlight of the teaching year for many practitioners. To register or find out more please follow this link.
Chief Executive Officer
Despite widespread agreement about the value of CPD, we continue to revisit an unresolved debate about the virtues of establishing a nationally recognised CPD system for VET professionals. An NCVER paper released in May throws light on why this debate has not edged us closer to action. Continuing professional development for a diverse VET practitioner workforce (53 pages) revisits the long history of proposals for a national CPD system, and identifies many of the impediments to progress.
The paper takes a turn through well established CPD systems used by other professions, including school teaching, radiography, and accounting. The authors, Mark Tyler and Darryl Dymock, conclude that unlike these professions, ‘the VET sector has yet to arrive at a point where practitioners and training providers are wholeheartedly committed to CPD.’ On that point we might agree to disagree. The VET Development Centre’s experience of working with VET professionals over more than a decade is that they embrace CPD as part of their professional identity. Nonetheless, the paper does point to other impediments worth pondering.[Read More]
Australia is lucky to have an innovative, active organisation like Skilling Australia Foundation, firmly focused as it is on the benefits VET brings to young Australians and the national economy. The Foundation is a determined advocate for VET, as is amply demonstrated by its recent report which tackles head on a series of widely held opinions that VET is junior league when it comes to tertiary education.
Perceptions are not reality: Myths, realities & the critical role of vocational education & training in Australia (30 pages) zeroes in on three myths about VET:
None of these is true, and with admirable ease the report debunks each of them.[Read More]
The Fair Work Commission is active in supporting research to inform its decision making on matters such as minimum award wages and conditions. Among research studies the Commissions has released this year is Factors affecting apprenticeships and traineeships (71 pages plus reference lists). The report comes in two parts. Part 1 considers supply-side factors that affect commencement and completion of apprenticeships and traineeships. Part 2 gets to grips with demand-side factors. But don’t let the economics lingo turn you away.[Read More]