Having flooded into Australia to experience a different culture and gain a quality higher education, international students didn’t expect to be left high and dry when the pandemic hit.
Listening to teachers would be a great first step for the prime minister in his rush to restructure the VET system and revive the economy. While no one could disagree with his analysis in his speech to the National Press Club in May that the vocational education and training (VET) sector is ‘marred by inconsistencies and incoherence’, we could shed some light on the real reasons why and prevent the policy mistakes of the past being repeated.
When he was only five years old, Akolda’s mother decided they would leave their home in South Sudan and head to Egypt, before finally settling down in Australia a few years later.
Australian vocational education and training has long experience of micro credentials in the form of skills sets. Skill sets were first created in training packages in 2008 and by 2019 there were almost 1,500 training package skill sets.
As the pandemic forced TAFEs into emergency modes of operation, it also proved an opportunity for TAFEs to demonstrate how quickly they could adapt. We looked at some of the innovative ways that teachers and support staff have sprung into action around Australia.