Facing Australia's transition to electric vehicles
Vocational Voices
by NCVER
1w ago
Australia is on the journey to reducing carbon emissions, so what does this mean for the automotive industry?   Various sources indicate that electric vehicle and hybrid vehicle uptake is increasing in Australia, so this episode explores how the VET sector is preparing to meet the evolving demands of the automotive industry amongst critical skills shortages.    Podcast host Steve Davis speaks to Simon Walker, NCVER Managing Director; Dr. Gavin Lind, CEO of the Mining and Automotive Skills Alliance; and Rod Camm, Group CEO of the Motor Trades Association in Queensland about ..read more
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Best of 2023: highlights from Season 8
Vocational Voices
by NCVER
6M ago
Steve Davis, Simon Walker, Joanne Payne, Tabatha Griffin, Tom Karmel, Jenny Dodd, Hinemoa Priest, Melanie Kyle, Erica Smith, Olivija Komadina, David Longley, Christina Scott-Young, Michael Bassham, Joy de Leo, Michael Healy, Michelle Circelli, Angela Damm, Charmaine Marshall, Jeff Lynch, Tina Berghella, 29 November 2023 (85 mins) In 2023, we invited expert vocational voices from the VET sector to share their views, stories, experiences and insights on a range of hot topics. ‘Best of 2023’ is a roundup of the most interesting snippets and research findings from across the four podcast episodes ..read more
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Building effective RTO-employer partnerships
Vocational Voices
by NCVER
8M ago
In this episode, we discuss the vital role of partnerships in the VET sector. These partnerships help connect training with the skills that industries need. Simultaneously, they build the capacity and resilience of both providers and employers.  Our focus centres on four key elements that are fundamental to successful partnerships. We take a close look at these factors in a case study featuring The Management Edge and Murrumbidgee Local Health District. In this case study, we gain insights from the employer, the trainer, and the learner regarding the power of collaboration in delivering l ..read more
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Skilling Australia’s current and future workforce
Vocational Voices
by NCVER
9M ago
In the past few years, the VET sector has faced rapid socioeconomic, demographic and technological change. When unforeseen events such as COVID-19 emerged, the sector quickly adapted by upskilling workplaces, training organisations and VET trainers in digital and remote work methods. Tune in to our podcast and listen to VET experts share their insights and research. They will also delve into conversations about how the VET sector can continue to respond to skills demands during times of disruption and rapid change ..read more
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Reimagining the tertiary education system
Vocational Voices
by NCVER
10M ago
In this episode, we explore how the traditional difference between higher education and VET might not be as practical as once thought. Tom Karmel argues that higher education is more than just theoretical knowledge—it's inherently vocational, preparing students for their chosen professions. On the other hand, he sees the VET sector not fully embracing practical, applied learning, and often offering generic skills not directly linked to specific jobs. Tom proposes the idea of a "professional university" that offers qualifications from certificates to degrees, focusing on practical education and ..read more
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Overcoming VET delivery challenges in regional Australia
Vocational Voices
by NCVER
1y ago
Making sure the VET sector serves regional, rural and remote Australia remains an ongoing policy priority. In this episode, we talk about the challenges that RTOs face when delivering training in regional Australia. What are the barriers and how are they being addressed? We also consider whether local training providers should be given more flexibility to tailor their programs to meet the specific needs of the communities they serve. Steve Davis interviews Joanne Payne, Managing Director, Central Regional TAFE in WA, Tabatha Griffin, Senior Research Officer, NCVER and Simon Walker, Managing Di ..read more
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Best of 2022: highlights from Season 7
Vocational Voices
by NCVER
1y ago
In 2022, we invited expert vocational voices from the VET sector to share their views, stories, experiences and insights on a range of hot topics. ‘Best of 2022’ is a roundup of the most interesting snippets and research findings from across the four podcast episodes we released during the year. Full of short and sharp insights from each of our guest speakers, we cover off some of the best bits of Season 7 ..read more
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Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on VET
Vocational Voices
by NCVER
1y ago
Aside from the health and economic impacts, the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected Australia’s VET sector. The full scale of these effects, however, has just started to emerge. In what ways did the first waves of the pandemic affect the VET workforce – including trainers, resource developers and administrative staff? What changes and innovations happened? More importantly, what were the impacts on students and their practical learning, particularly those in industries with a high skills shortage? Steve Davis talks to Jenny Dodd, Chief Executive Officer, TAFE Direct ..read more
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VET’s role in transforming the future
Vocational Voices
by NCVER
1y ago
Join host Steve Davis for some handpicked highlights from three panel discussions at the 31st National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’ held in July 2022. The conference theme was VET's role in transforming the future. Topics covered in the lively discussion include why business leaders are turning to education and training for the solutions; the future skill needs of service-based industries; upskilling and reskilling and the impact of COVID-19 on employers and their training choices; strengthening skills pathways to work for disadvantaged youth; quality VET delivery; and VET course p ..read more
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VET and higher education: should we push for integration?
Vocational Voices
by NCVER
2y ago
Both vocational education and training (VET) and higher education (HE) offer the skills, knowledge and qualifications needed to equip students to progress their career and lifelong learning.  But given the difficulty and huge costs associated in integrating VET and HE, how do we harness the best of both sectors and maximise their benefits to students, employers and industry? Megan Lilly, Executive Director of Ai Group’s Centre for Education & Training and Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER talk to Steve Davis about why greater connectedness and fluidity between the sectors might b ..read more
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