Challenges facing VET is a response to what has become a difficult landscape for all training professionals. There is much to discuss, digest and directions to determine.
As an industry, it is critical that we do this together. Our strength lies in our ability to take the best ideas from each other and nurture from those ideas greater ideas.
However, much of the visible professional conversation among the folks who inhabit the world of VET appears to have deteriorated into impolite exchanges of opinion and seems more likely to exclude the open sharing of thoughts and discussion of issues of concern. Over the past few months we have been finding an increasing number of people seeking a place where issues facing VET can be expressed, explored and challenged. Of course, there are many forums where these things happen, but what we are finding is that people are rejecting those platforms because of what they see as the dominance of what they see as opinion-based aggression.
In short, they want somewhere to be able to share their thoughts, and where those thoughts are free from the above. They fear speaking because they fear being shut down.
And yet, we do seem to agree that there are some challenges facing VET and that these challenges need to be more openly considered.
- about 300-600 words, although there is no real upper or lower limit
- focused on a single challenge
- written in a polite and non-inflammatory way
- links to past contributions or external sources, as required