Last week, findings from the Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) system were released.
The review, led by former New Zealand Skills Minister the Honourable Steven Joyce, considered ways to make the vocational education system more effective in providing Australians with the skills they need to be successful throughout their working lives.
We welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the VET Review, and focused on the importance of rethinking how we prepare young people for the future of work. We put forward three key recommendations that sought to create better outcomes for the VET sector, young people and ultimately, the entire economy:
- Recommendation #1
Adopt a new work mindset to education and training to recognise the portability of skills across jobs.
- Recommendation #2
Formally recognise the development of micro-credentials to fill skills gaps, promote lifelong learning and reskilling.
- Recommendation #3
Develop digital career management tools that focus on the portability of skills across jobs to support young people’s career navigation.
Considering 192 submissions from individuals and organisations, the VET Review made a total of 71 recommendations around a six-point plan for change:
- Strengthening quality assurance
- Speeding up qualification development
- Simpler funding and skills matching
- Better careers information
- Clearer secondary school pathways
- Greater access for disadvantaged
The plan seeks to deliver a stronger skills sector and acknowledges, as detailed in our New Work Order report series, that careers are no longer linear. Having a portfolio of skills that are transferable and able to be applied across roles will be critical to navigating the future. This focus on skills development is at the core of our current Future Skills 2030 Framework, which outlines how Australian governments can work with young people, industry, educational institutions and leading thinkers across the country to ensure that young people aren’t left behind as the employment landscape changes. Ahead of the Federal Election, action on this issue has never been more important.
Overall FYA agrees with the VET Review’s position that a strong vocational education and training system can support all Australians to develop and strengthen skills needed to remain relevant and engaged in work. We hope the plan for change will elevate the status of VET to see it thrive alongside higher education in the ambitions of young Australians and their communities.
Find out more about FYA’s Future Skills 2030 campaign, download the fact sheet and help us back young people.