What did you do during COVID? It’s a question you can expect to be asked.

Do you have enough?

When this COVID situation is all over, there will be lots of people looking for jobs.

It has started already, and now (early May) I am fielding a few inquiries each week: people who have lost their jobs, people on reduced hours as well as people who hours have increased.  No matter their situation, they are all wanting to know how they can get a new/better/different job.

So, here are my thoughts on that. Read more…

Challenges facing VET: Distraction

Challenges facing VET

We live in a world changing faster than ever before, with more technology and productivity tools at our fingertips than ever before; and yet, one of the most common frustrations facing anyone working in RTO Land is overwhelm.

There’s too much to do and not enough time to do it.  We’re constantly feeling ‘on’ all the time, never being able to Read more…

Who needs to write Training Packages?

Challenges facing VET

If VET is to meet the needs of our workforce – present and future – then what needs to be trained must be communicated clearly to the people doing the training and assessment.

A workplace supervisor or colleague cannot be expected to hold TAE and is therefore not trained to read and interpret units of competency.  This is the reason I have always been taught – and continue to teach my students – that Third-Party Verification forms should not be a direct copy and paste of the Performance Criteria of a Unit of Competency.  Instead, we must use wording that has meaning for the third party. Read more…

Challenges facing VET: The drop in traineeships and apprenticeships. Why is it happening?

Challenges facing VET

A recent figure revealed that the federal government over the last five years has underspent close to $1 billion of its budget on TAFE, training and apprenticeships. This is on top of previous cuts.

At the same time, that these budgets cuts are happening, Australia is still experiencing critical skills shortages in several industries.  A number of experts have warned of serious effects on the Australian economy. Read more…