Well that was the year that was! Congratulations for surviving 2020 and let’s all look forward to a more hopeful and encouraging year for our sector.
Claire Field of Claire Field Associates has provided some commentary on the current state-of-play with the regulation of vocational education and the introduction of the federal JobTrainer program, raising some concerns that skills training seems to be slipping out of the federal government’s control with additional funding provided not addressing the need for greater scrutiny to deliver more better trained students.
“At least 11 education providers that offer courses under the federal government’s billion dollar JobTrainer program are enrolling students and getting funding regardless of regulatory restrictions imposed on them…Why would governments be giving extra funding to providers when a regulator has imposed conditions on them because of quality issues?”
In a more positive sign, the first international students to return to Australia landed in Darwin at the end of last month:
“The cohort, from mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Vietnam and Indonesia, are the first group of international students to enter Australia since the introduction of hard border restrictions in March due to COVID-19. The pilot program is an important first step in the recovery of the international education sector in Australia.”
Our feature report this issue is from the World Economic Forum on the evolution of global education and 5 trends emerging amidst COVID-19. More below.
And I’d personally like to take the opportunity to express immense gratitude to our superb RTO Advance team, who have worked diligently and passionately throughout the COVID crisis this year to continually deliver excellence for our clients – a big thank you to Isobel Kidd, Sean Crumlin and Rebecca Coutts, you’ve been an inspiration to us all and have truly gone above and beyond the call of duty this year! Thanks for continually contributing to the ongoing growth and level of excellence achieved by our clients.
Wishing each and every one of you receiving this newsletter the joys of this season – may you enjoy your time off with family and friends and come back to the new year revitalised and refreshed and ready to help elevate our sector move forwards towards even more successful outcomes for learners and providers alike.