28 November 2018
Vale Chloe Dyson
One of the VDC’s most respected presenters, Chloe Dyson, passed away recently. We can do nothing better in this edition of VDC News than celebrate her life, much of which was devoted to improving the quality of the VET system and its practices.
Chloe passed away mid-November after a relatively short but typically brave battle with cancer. Those of us who knew her and had worked with her over many years are saddened beyond words by the loss of one of VET’s greats.
October saw the release and tabling of ASQA’s 2017-2018 Annual Report.
What does it say about its regulatory work and performance over the last year?
It’s been a busy year!
ASQA’s Chief Commissioner Mark Paterson reported that the agency had received 5038 applications from existing and prospective training providers and completed around 98% of them. ASQA officers also completed 1478 audits. However, “In line with our maturing risk-based approach to regulation, 57.1 per cent of these audits were triggered by concerns about the risk associated with a provider” rather than through submission of an application.
So much of our VET system draws inspiration from the UK, including the move to marketisation.
The Association of Colleges, in partnership with FETL, has ‘scripted the future’ of FE in the UK. There are lessons for us too.
Why this study?
This monograph, authored by Professor Ewart Keep of Oxford University of the Association of Colleges (AOC) and the Further Education Trust for Leadership (FETL) focused on Further Education (FE). It’s so valuable as it examines some of the fundamental issues Australian VET faces too: being financially constrained, addressing “abrupt and constant change” and caught between meeting demands of employers and the needs of the economy and fulfilling a social purpose mission focused on promoting social justice and equity. It is, in Keep’s words, a ‘perfect storm’.
South Australia’s Training and Skills Commission has showcased the value of the Adult and Community Education sector in that state in a recent report.
Here is what they found.