How to fix Voc. Ed. & Training comprehensively – Issue One

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Intellectual Property of Dr. Bruce D. Watson, DEd Melbourne, FAIM, MACE, 

For Private individual use and comment.



For the last 20 years or so, Voc. Ed. & Training  policy has been driven by advice from commentators using flawed evidence bases. None have grasped the scale of need for educationist input to the process, nor understood the full effects of not doing that.The current VET policies assume that an evidence-base was established before implementation. That is not the case.

It was simply business rhetoric, with no good, vocational education evidence, that was the starting point for the current Voc. Ed. & Training System in Australia. If a new business started that way, the business and corporate sector would be aghast. Yet, the current Voc. Ed. & Training System is “industry-led”.

The current Voc. Ed. & Training  policies are based on flawed assumptions made at the very beginning of inception. A thought bubble supported by spin doctoring and free market speak.

The only way to retrieve what is left of an ailing and abused Voc. Ed. & Training System is to seek good evidence, rather than political and corporate/business spin-doctoring and individuals’ subjective opinions, particularly those who have a clear conflict of interest – such as making a profit from VET public funds – our taxes!

Issue One

Parliamentarians’ Professional Development: The Need for Reform,        Editors:Lewis, Colleen, Coghill, Ken (Eds.), © 2016

Most parliamentarians are not educationists. They presumably use their individual experiences of education and training, good or bad, and/or the advice of self promoting captains of industry who think they understand Voc. Ed. & Training because they have achieved being awarded a Certificate IV in Assessment and Training, the lowest level associated with education and training and not recognised as a teaching qualification by education unions.

The book referenced above addresses the education and training of Members of Parliament (MPs) – – It examines existing training programs offered in various countries around the world, evaluates their strengths and weaknesses and makes recommendations for a new approach, which aligns the professional development of MPs to 21st century requirements.

Contributors address the role of parliamentarians, how to prepare them for their multi-faceted functions, the importance of ethics in any program, the requirement for more sophisticated adult learning approaches, human resource implications and the need to reform existing education and training models. The book applies to the fields of political science, adult education and human resource management, as well as to parliamentarians interested in enhancing their skills so as to perform more efficiently and effectively.

To be continued: Issue Two


3 thoughts on “How to fix Voc. Ed. & Training comprehensively – Issue One

  1. Phillip Rutherford says:

    Having been involved with the Australian VET system since its inception in the early 90s I would be pleased if you could point me towards the evidence used to form the contentions you make in the first couple of paragraphs.


    1. Thanks for your response. I remember you from LinkedIn. I am unsure, therefore how productive this will be. However, in good faith:

      “It only took 20 years for the realisation, that history in education had shown that privatisation of vocational education and training would be a disaster. It has been -unequivocally.”

      Here is a starting point for you: Presumably you are cognisant of the evidence that is hitting the media almost weekly so I won’t direct you to that. I assume you mean that you want me to demonstrate with evidence that it was known 20 years a go that there would be a problem with privatisation.
      3. Privatisation, when done right, works well
      4. List of RTO Cancellations and Suspensions
      5. This is a blatant rip-off of the taxpayer’: Training colleges facing audit of ‘predatory’ pricing

      “Unfortunately, we still see only the tip of the iceberg and corporate speak to try and suggest otherwise. $6 billion in rorts is not a drop in the ocean what ever number of RTOs were involved in the rorts. And, even more importantly, the often forgotten thousands of students who have had qualifications cancelled, left with incomplete courses and, the salt to the wound, the public VET Provider TAFE being directed to fix up the mess caused by certain private RTOS and take on duped students, without recognition.”

      1. Personal experience of duped students referred to the TAFE I work for after Private RTOs dumped them or found unethical and closed down. Hushed by Governments.
      2. The operation, regulation and funding of private vocational education and training
      (VET) providers in Australia
      3. VET: skills for growth
      4. Thousands of vocational training certificates recalled due to teaching quality concerns
      5. Vocational education is the ‘weakling’ of Australia’s education system

      6. Private VET rorts roll-on

      I can only otherwise suggest that you read Posts on my LinkedIn Profile. Obviously they are not acdemic papers as LinkedIn Post, however, I always name my sources and attribute others work. If you find somethinhg I haven’t please let me know so that I can rectify. Regards.


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