What’s the point?
Building our education system builds business and builds community. Effective educational workplaces expand when open to learn and open to change. They want to do better. Effective education workers grow when open to learn and open to change. They want to do better. Effective educational leaders are influential when open to learn and open to change. They want to do better.
What’s really going on?
The Australian Vocational Education sector has undergone change. It has evolved. Trainers need qualification in Education and Assessment. These qualifications are made regularly redundant, forcing VET Trainers to become VET learners, again. Qualifications are update, which means assessment and training material needs to be modified. VET Sector professionals need to stay up to date but I think there is a better way to empower VET professionals and therefore the sector.
According to ASAQ, there are around 5000 RTO’s (Registered Training Organisations) in NSW. These RTO’s form part of the national Vocational Education and Training Sector. The Vet Sector is crucial to the Australian economy; both for the development of the national workforce and as a major export industry. (from https://www.asqa.gov.au/about/australias-vet-sector)
Australian Education is an export product that is attracting a huge income. In 2017, International education is Australia’s third-largest export earner, contributing many more than 130,000 jobs here in Australia…76% of our international students chose Australia as their first preference destination, compared to 71% in 2014 or 70% in 2012. (http://monitor.icef.com/2017/10/australian-education-exports-approaching-aus29-billion/)
Australian education is becoming more attractive for students wanting to come to this country to learn but is also becoming an influence in countries in Asia as Australian Educational Organisations set up shop in those countries.
What do I think about that?
I am proud to be a part of the Australian Education system. I am a passionate teacher having taught Primary School students, High School students, Vocational Educational students and University students. I think that what we do is great but there is room for improvement. Considering the importance that education plays on our national economy, it is time to review, research and implement change. Teaching workplaces need to be open to learn and open to change. They want to do better. Teachers need to be open to learn and open to change. They want to do better. Teaching and learning leaders need to be open to learn and open to change. They want to do better. We can do better.
What we need to do?
Be open to learn and be open to change. Simple.