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The Australian TAFE teacher, vol. 48, no. 3, Spring 2014

This periodical, published quarterly, provides current information for vocational education and training (VET) practitioners on educational, policy and industrial developments affecting the VET sector in Australia. Articles in this issue include: ‘Cutting ‘red tape’ in the VET market: the triumph of ideology over common sense’ by Pat Forward (pages 6-7); ‘TAFE and marketisation: level playing field or devil’s playing field?’ by Virginia Simmons (pages 8-9); ‘Hey sistas!: the untapped opportunity of women in trades’ by Fiona Lawrie (pages 10-11); ‘VET funding in Australia and the role of TAFE’ by Peter Noonan (pages 16-18); ‘Conversations with educators from TAFE and higher education’ by Theresa Millman (pages 20-21); ‘Questions about jobs and art’ by J. N. Blank (pages 24-25) [this article is in response to the 'news from NCVER' article 'Qualification utilisation: will that qualification result in a job?' published in the 2014 Winter edition of 'The Australian TAFE teacher']; ‘Quality assessments: practice and perspectives [news from NCVER]’ by Josie Misko (page 30).

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Corporate authors: Australian Education Union (AEU)
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Journal issue
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Providers of education and training; Governance;

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In and beyond schools: putting more youth on the path to success with integrated support

This report begins by summarizing recent research on the skills, mindsets, and traits that powerfully predict academic and workplace success. It also introduces promising approaches to building the psychological resources of underserved adolescents, supported by examples of schools and alternative learning programs that address aspects of psychosocial development as a core part of their academic approach. The report then argues that schools can do more to prepare students for adulthood by creating school environments that are more positive and student-centered and by partnering more deliberately with community organizations and agencies with expertise in youth development. It lays out the core conditions that should be in place for all youth and offers promising examples of community partnerships that support the development of youth across traditional academic and psychosocial domains. And it describes the systemic conditions that must be in place to make community partnerships that support youth widespread and sustainable.

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Authors: Bayerl, Katie; Lee, Susan; Le, Cecilia;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Youth; Providers of education and training; Disadvantaged;

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The TAFE system and the training reform agenda

This conference paper was the keynote address to the National TAFE senior executives conference held in Queensland in October 1993. In this wide-ranging address [the author] argues for diversity within a unified national system of vocational education and training.

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Authors: Ramsey, Gregor
Conference name: National TAFE Senior Executives' Conference
Date: 1993
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Unicorn: journal of the Australian College of Education
Resource type: Article
Series name: Special issue on training reform (Unicorn: journal of the Australian College of Education)
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Governance; Policy;

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Acquiring soft skills at university

In general universities focus on teaching professional information rather than soft skills like creativity, problem solving, personal communication, writing and speaking skills. Students learn how to become an engineer, an accountant or a dentist, but they don't learn soft skills. Without soft skills, university graduates faces trouble in their professional life. With a university education graduates can practice their profession; they can design a machine, cure an illness, or develop economic growth models, but they cannot communicate effectively, do teamwork or solve problems. Hence, thousands of dollars are spent in soft skills training in the corporate arena. This training is short and insufficient and costs time and money because of the lack of soft skills. Therefore university students should acquire soft skills before they graduate. In this study, the methods for students to acquire soft skills during their higher education will be evaluated.

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Authors: Arat, Melih
Date: 2014
Journal title: Journal of educational and instructional studies in the world
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Skills and knowledge; Students; Providers of education and training;

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National Medical Training Advisory Network

Australia's medical workforce is highly skilled and provides vital services that are the foundation of a high-quality healthcare system that includes both patient care and medical training. The Australian healthcare system has evolved over time to include different models of care, including a focus on primary and community care and an increase in care in the private system. Demographic changes and a range of government initiatives, including broader reforms to the health and higher education sectors will further influence the provision of healthcare in Australia, including how and where doctors are trained. Australia's medical training system has numerous participants and no single body is responsible for the funding and delivery of medical training. Implementation of a coordinated medical training pathway that delivers a better balance across the medical specialty workforces and meets community need will benefit Australia. Planning of the Australian medical workforce is essential to ensure the local training and service requirements of jurisdictions, local hospital networks, and private and non-government employers are balanced with the training of doctors as a national health system resource. The National Medical Training Advisory Network (NMTAN) is a mechanism that will enable, for the first time, a nationally coordinated medical training system in Australia.

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Corporate authors: Health Workforce Australia (HWA)
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Industry; Workforce development; Skills and knowledge;

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The factors affecting the supply of health services and medical professionals in rural areas

This report summarises the findings of the inquiry that was undertaken as per the stated terms of reference, i.e. the factors affecting the supply and distribution of health services and medical professionals in rural areas, with particular reference to: (a) the factors limiting the supply of health services and medical, nursing and allied health professionals to small regional communities as compared with major regional and metropolitan centres; (b) the effect of the introduction of Medicare Locals on the provision of medical services in rural areas; (c) current incentive programs for recruitment and retention of doctors and dentists, particularly in smaller rural communities, including: (i) their role, structure and effectiveness, (ii) the appropriateness of the delivery model, and (iii) whether the application of the current Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas classification scheme ensures appropriate distribution of funds and delivers intended outcomes; and (d) any other related matters.

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Corporate authors: Australia. Parliament. Senate. Community Affairs References Committee
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Industry; Workforce development; Higher education;

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Initial education and employment outcomes findings for students enrolled in [various training programs]

The authors conducted participant outcomes assessments on students served by nonprofit-community college partnerships. These assessments looked at students' demographics and their education and employment experiences prior to and after their participation in a training or education program. For some programs, students' employment and education data were also captured while students were in training in order to observe interim milestones and progress. The seven outcomes reports include detailed statistics, tables and charts on students' outcomes.

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Authors: Helmer, Matt; Blair, Amy
Date: 2010
Geographic subjects: North America; United States
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Students; Providers of education and training;

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Post-secondary education is a smart route to a brighter future for Canadians

Canadians are widely recognized as being well educated, but recent developments have heightened the need to raise educational standards. Canada's global competitiveness is being challenged by the economic development of emerging economies. The future prosperity of [the] economy will largely be determined by improvements to its overall productivity performance and its ability to shift the allocation of productive resources to higher value-added goods and services. Such an economic transition will raise the educational requirements of the new jobs being created. Concerns are already being expressed that Canada's labour force will not be sufficiently educated and skilled to meet the educational requirements of future jobs. In order to rise to this challenge, post-secondary education (PSE) institutions will be expected to educate a greater portion of Canada's population.

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Authors: Drummond, Don; Alexander, Craig; Fard, Shahrzad Mobasher
Date: 2010
Geographic subjects: Canada; North America
Resource type: Report
Series name: TD Economics special report
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Providers of education and training; Labour market;

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Developing cooperative partnerships in vocational education and training

In this article, [the author] argues for the development of cooperative partnerships within the vocational education and training sector. [The author] uses the example of changes taking place in South Australia to support [the] view that TAFE's role as a provider of educational services and support for other training providers will best achieve the cooperative effort needed in the diverse training environment which now operates in Australia.

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Authors: Battye, Virginia
Date: 1993
Geographic subjects: South Australia; Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Unicorn: journal of the Australian College of Education
Resource type: Article
Series name: Special issue on training reform (Unicorn: journal of the Australian College of Education)
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Providers of education and training; Governance

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Models for competency and competency-based curricula for science technicians

The stated aims and objectives of current TAFE science curricula are almost solely expressed in terms of technical or task related skills. Attributes and skills such as team work, adaptability, problem solving, reliability, efficiency, resourcefulness, and punctuality are rarely mentioned even though employers, teachers and technicians themselves emphasise that they are just as important as technical skills. In this article [the author] describes attempts to develop a set of curriculum profiles for science paraprofessionals based on the assumption that these 'non-technical' attributes and skills need to be directly developed and assessed.

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Authors: Johnstone, Ivan
Date: 1993
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Unicorn: journal of the Australian College of Education
Resource type: Article
Series name: Special issue on training reform (Unicorn: journal of the Australian College of Education)
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Teaching and learning; Providers of education and training;

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