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

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WANTED – New and Updated Philosophy of VET


Evidence has accumulated  that we need to review the people involved and the practices of the Voc. Ed and Training System. The “industry-led” System of the last 20 years has been found to be more than wanting.

A collaborative approach which includes the purposeful involvement of knowledgeable people in Voc. Ed. and Training philosophy, policy and  practices would be a good start.

The primary necessity is to ensure that members, beneficiaries, stakeholders and professional associations  are all on the same track;  that limited resources are allocated to the right kinds of community-based projects and programs, and not just industry and government based “innovations” for political or profit gains.

Voc. Ed. and Training must be positioned within the broader context of urban, regional and rural community development, not corporate/business rhetoric, spin doctoring and profiteering. Voc. Ed. and Training is not a business.

The Australian pattern of innovation is, arguably, more dependent on Voc. Ed. and Training capabilities than other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) nations. It has a low share of Research & Development (R & D) to Gross Domestic product (GDP) especially in business R & D. It has a much higher share of low-medium technology in the manufacturing industry.

Conversely, innovation expenditures are heavily weighted to investment in equipment and software. The dominant form of innovation is incremental and particularly oriented to the adoption and adaptation of products, processes and services sourced from overseas. That has to change.

Multi-sector collaboration is the method not only for solving such problems, but also for giving people opportunities to practice capabilities in democracy. In that way, we can develop promote and build our communities the way we really want them to be.

Thinkers who aim beyond business frameworks and business philosophies as the ultimate measure can make all of the difference in transforming our communities in to the kinds of communities we hope to live in. It is a culture in which we are learn how to include many people, and many groups, in making decisions about our lives and about our communities, not just based on corporatism, industry-speak and market spin-doctoring.

As multi-disciplines work together, they may develop a clearer, long-term vision of what we can and want to actually accomplish, together, with respect to Voc. Ed. and Training.

Continued: Issue Four.


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