Expert panel: VET in crisis

It is time that we recognise that a new model of vocational education is needed in Australia. The current social settlement between VET and society is not working and VET is in crisis.

This presentation will consider:

  • Why VET is in crisis – the connection between competencies and markets
  • The links between vocational education and the labour market in shaping (shaky) transitions
  • What a ‘policy rich’ vocational education policy would look like
  • Qualifications, capabilities and vocational streams
  • The institutional conditions that are needed to sustain a strong vocational education system – the role of TAFE as anchor institutions

Professor Leesa Wheelahan is the William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. Leesa has published widely on lifelong learning, tertiary education policy, student equity, recognition of prior learning, credit-transfer and student articulation between the sectors of post-compulsory education and training, cross-sectoral relations between the VET and higher education sectors, and the role of theoretical knowledge in curriculum.

A panel discussion will follow Professor Wheelahan’s presentation.

Panellists include:
Professor John Buchanan, The University of Sydney
Professor Leo Goedegebuure, LH Martin Institute
Professor Shelley Mallett, Brotherhood of St Laurence

The discussion will be facilitated by Maxine McKew.