VET: time to reform ‘forgotten middle child’ of education

Australia’s vocational education and training sector has developed a bad reputation for unscrupulous operators taking advantage of “naïve” system design in recent years.

So it’s important there’s a national review of Australia’s “forgotten middle child in education” — the VET sector — before governments renew national agreements underpinning its operation next year, argues a new report from the Committee for Economic Development of Australia.

The think tank recommends a comprehensive national review of the sector be undertaken, which would underpin discussion at the Council of Australian Governments on reaching a new National Partnership on Skills Reform for when the current one expires at the end of this financial year.

CEDA is concerned that the VET system lacks effective regulation, transparency and is geared towards an economy with different skills requirements. Recommendations include:

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