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Assistant Education Minister continues pursuit of VET in Schools reforms

Monday, April 21 2014

ACPET member, Whitehouse Institute, had a constructive meeting with Assistant Minister Sussan Ley and two of her advisors last week. The Minister spent several hours with Whitehouse staff and their VETiS students and took the time to asked extensive questions to understand the Whitehouse VETiS model. (This involves the delivery of VETiS in blocks over 6 weeks of the students' holidays, not weekly release).  

Assistant Minister Ley noted that the recommendations from her recent national VETiS roundtable had been approved by all State Ministers of Education. From ACPET's perspective the significance of this reframing of the VETiS charter is that Certificate II and III qualifications do not have to lead directly to employment outcomes to be deemed successful but can be pathway programs. Additional state-based roundtables are currently underway.

A remaining challenge for the VETiS program is in overcoming the concept that trade training is the core goal. On this, Whitehouse CEO Ian Tudor, made the case on behalf of other ACPET members that "smarter graduates contributing to the economy through their development of new products and services is as significant as ensuring that there are enough plumbers". 

ACPET is confident that Assistant Minister Ley will do her best for VETiS during her time in the portfolio, albeit within a tightening budgetary context. We look forward to continuing to work with her on reforms to this important part of the VET sector.

Assistant Minister for Education, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, meets with Whitehouse staff and students


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