The business of education is changing. I am a fourth-generation teacher and second generation nurse. My personal education history has been spotty ... a little here and a little there – then a massive educational challenge and commitment. The next part of the process results in my sworn oath never to do that again, and then of course I do.
Most adult learners have varied history’s and varied agendas. The reason we opt to continue with formal and informal learning could create an infinite list encompassing both personal and professional reasons. Adult learners change and so the system needs to change if the business of education is going to position itself as a business that is influential and successful in the future. Education needs to evolve. Education needs to collaborate and partner to drive forward thinking and success.
The Australian Federal Government has been toying with funding and education for years. The recent package for the tertiary sector will see students pay more and universities attract less. The long-term vision seems a bit hazy.
VET sector education has undergone substantial reform throughout the preceding decade. Training packages, governing body changes, and recent and consistent changes to trainer and assessor qualification requirement. The Education system needs to pivot. Education needs to pool resources. Education needs to unite. Education sectors and providers need to talk and plan success for the future. This is essential.
Educational sectors need to plan for success. They need to be open to ideas and share skills. Education, as a business needs to pivot.
Australia needs to develop as a learning community. Educational professionals – teachers, trainers, lecturers are working with members of society to build authenticity and meaning to the world students live in. WE are all working in a service industry with an aim to support the learner to build confidence to contribute successfully to life.
Marie Curie comprehended the essence of education when she claimed that we must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this must be attained. Educators must work together throughout the life of a learner to create confidence in the learner as a learner and contributor to community.
High-quality vocational education and training is vital to Australia’s ‘economic prosperity’ (ASQA, 2015.). Australia needs the skills and knowledge to make a productive contribution to the national workforce (ASQA, 2015b). Adult education within vocational education and training (VET) and the tertiary sector is a national responsibility.
Sustainability of education sectors is vital. The business of education must pivot to provide a sustainable and innovative infrastructure that develops a secure platform to support change within our systems. Potentially, the innovation and change of the businesses operating within education sector funds positive planning future collaboration and partnership. This is vital to national economic prosperity.
A system of education that supports all learners, throughout the life of a learner in Australia is achievable. The prescription is easy – less segregation and more collaboration.