Spotlight on the Vocational Education and Training sector - Part 321 Nov
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Shaping the Future of VET
The truth of Vocational Education and Training (VET) is that it is an absolute key to the fabric of Australian industry. It provides real, hands on training in multiple and diverse areas of Australian industry. Its goal and work is to produce graduates who are ‘job-ready’; that means they are ready to walk onto the job and start, straight away. The importance of this, and its immense value to Australian industry, commerce, and national economic performance, cannot be understated.
We also recognised that there has been much pressure on the VET sector of late.
So what comes next?
In the face of many changes for VET, what comes next? We can either look at what has not worked and be overwhelmed by it or we can move on, and develop and expand to be all that we truly are ---- in other words, we can realise our full potential and bring it, i.e. the whole lot, to the society that we share. This applies equally to VET just as it applies to each and every one of us as people and the job that we each do. In other words, what do we contribute to the whole?
So what does that look like in practice?
Evolve College, for one, will continue to set and walk standards of true excellence and care in its delivery of education and the student experience that well surpass the benchmarks set by Government. This is the way forward for all educational institutions, and we acknowledge that there are plenty of people and organisations in the VET sector who are very genuine and committed to the education of students to the highest degree possible.
We applaud the genuineness of these members of the VET sector, some of whom have been in the sector for a very long time, and bring a very real, practical and realised commitment to seeing their students become the best prepared graduates they can possibly be. There are many success stories in VET due to the presence of such people – and this adds much to the quality of Australia’s education system and the enormous contribution that in turn makes to the ongoing wheels of industry and its driving of economic sustainability in Australia as a whole.
The way forward for the VET sector is to make all education about quality. Quality does not mean minimum standards; it means true quality education. Those not measuring up to the required level will be weeded out. Those who remain must focus on what is needed in education and training – which, as stated, is quality.
Quality is a bit of a buzzword in the industry and unfortunately most of its use is empty rhetoric that lacks any true quality at all.
The true purpose of education must always be quality delivery, which can only ever be from a quality lived, breathed and walked by all its management, staff and trainers, as well as reflected in its training and materials, and the way in which students are developed and given the opportunity to learn and grow during their entire time of study. This is a priceless offering to all those who partake in it, and the contribution such quality students can then offer to industry when they become the graduates and workers of tomorrow, cannot be understated. Its effect is, in fact, obvious.