Australian vocational education and training may feel sometimes like a political football, but it also serves more than 4.5 million people, enrolling in more than 29 million subjects.
How do we make sense of such a confusing sector, with its rapid changes in regulation, funding and the widely varying state and territory systems? What does ASQA want now? What are the future trends? How can we deal with the education needs of our Indigenous communities?
This year’s CCA Conference – running from 18 to 20 October in Sydney – seeks to help answer these questions. Over two packed days of speakers we will focus on the needs of and challenges to the Australian community education sector.
This year’s conference VET speakers include:
- Professor Michael Lavarch AO, Commissioner Risk Intelligence and Regulatory Support, Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).
- Wendy Perry, renowned innovator and VET thought leader in entrepreneurship and workforce planning; 2015 VET “Edupreneur of the Year”.
- Dr Tom Calma AO, Co-Chair, Reconciliation Australia; Chancellor, University of Canberra; former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner; speaking on the education needs of Indigenous young people.
- Scott Holz, talking about what the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) means community VET providers.
- Leo Gregorc, eProjects Manager at the VET Development Centre, speaking on “Unearthing the digital landscape: Innovating pedagogic practice in VET”.
- Dr Robbie Lloyd (Skillslink), Helen Zwicker (Kiama Community College) and other community education sector leaders.
- Noted VET consultants and trainers Sue Flindell and Ruth Walker, joined by an ASQA auditor.
- Representatives from the “other” VET sectors – ACPET (Rod Camm), Enterprise RTOs (Chris Butler) and TAFE Directors Australia.
- David Collins, Executive Director of Training Services NSW.
- Alison Anlezark from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).
If you have not already registered for the conference, you can do so in one of three ways: