Education and teaching, not just training, was the focus of a joint Federation and Independent Education Union vocational education and training in schools (VETiS) seminar on August 10.
Vocal advocate for change in VETiS and Melbourne Graduate School lecturer Kira Clarke was the guest speaker. Her work explores embedding vocational education and training (VET) as part of schooling with links to a range of post school learning and employment options. It provides a starting point for the re-examination of VET in schools in terms of both purpose and outcomes.
A video recording of her address can be viewed via https://www.nswtf.org.au/news/2015/08/26/vet-schools-seminar-kira-clarke-guest-speaker.html.
Federation’s VETiS Special Interest Group will use the seminar and other research to assist in developing Federation’s policy directions.
In question time following Ms Clarke’s address, members raised concerns about workload issues and other requirements associated with teaching courses that deliver a nationally recognised vocational education and training qualification based on meeting the requirements of the national training packages. These requirements are subject to constant change due to the so called “continuous improvement model”.