The Victorian Government will undertake a significant review into Victoria’s post-secondary education and training system that will look at funding models and the relationship between the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.
Key Issues —
The Victorian Government’s review of post-secondary education is focused on ensuring that Victoria has the skills needed to support its economy into the future. Importantly, independent tertiary education providers have the opportunity to help shape the direction of the review.
The purpose of the review is to make recommendations to ensure Victoria has a quality vocational education and training (VET) system ready to equip Victorians with the skills they need for current and future jobs, with strong connections and pathways between VET and higher education as well as schooling.
The review will help the Victorian Government identify the education and training needs for jobs over the next ten years. Armed with this information, it will consider what reforms are required to meet the skills and capability needs of industry and employers, government and the community over the next decade.
The first stage will be the release of an issues paper identifying issues and, potentially, broad recommendations for reform, by the end of February 2020. A final report containing recommendations for ensuring a quality VET system that is ready to equip Victorians with the skills they need for the jobs of the future will be produced within twelve months.
The Victorian Government has released the scope of the review.
Of interest will be the review’s work to identify the reforms required to improve access to higher education and VET for students that are entering the workforce, and those seeking to reskill or upskill later in life, no matter their background.
An aspect of the review that’s been welcomed by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) will be its work to assess potential improvements to pathways, and connections, between public TAFE and other VET providers, adult and community education providers, universities and other non-university higher education providers, schools, and employers. This will enable students to easily understand and navigate the post-secondary system and update their skills throughout their careers.
The review comes off the back of major investments the state government has made in infrastructure, education, disability and aged care. The government is looking to ensure that Victoria is ready and able to deliver the workforce which is required from these investments.
ITECA is represented on the Expert Advisory Group. Members of the ITECA Victorian Branch have the opportunity to help shape the advice of the independent tertiary education sector, with feedback sought on current and future challenges, and practical solutions to improve the Victoria's post-secondary education and training system.
Overseeing the review is Jenny Macklin (pictured), a former Federal Minister, who served as Minister for Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and as Shadow Minister for Education.
Member Engagement —
ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Victoria Committee.
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