A bold vision for vocational education and training, outlined by the Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff today, promises that every Years 9 to 12 student will have access to quality VET classes by the end of the decade.
The value of vocational education and training (VET) in Tasmania has historically been placed as a secondary aspiration to other school curriculum provisions, and the need to market and communicate VET to students, parents and the community has been previously highlighted as a priority.
This latest government blueprint "Vision" looks to rectify some of the issues of the past.
Mr Rockliff said this vision will guide the future development of VET for Tasmanian learners.
"The Vision is that by 2030, all learners in Years 9-12 will have access to high quality personalised, customised and localised vocational learning and VET opportunities to support their career and life aspirations," he said.
"It recognises the importance of vocational learning and VET as a pathway to a rewarding career and is part of our ongoing commitment to increase the number of young people who complete Year 12.
Students, parents, teachers and the wider community can hope for:
- a new system that reflects modern society and workforce;
- teacher and trainer workforce development
- VET programs that take into account priority workforce industries, but the vision does not state what these workforce strategies are;
- improved student pathway planning and
- promotion of vocational learning.
Regional areas will have Education to Employment working groups, school-based apprenticeships will be strengthened, and more options for work-based learning.
The vision finally states that careers education will be more "effective", a careers portal will exist for student choice, and industry liaison with students about industry opportunities will be strengthened.
"Teachers liaise with industry and further education providers as they design and continuously improve their programs to help students to transition from their program into post school further education, training or employment," Mr Rockliff said.
"For a student undertaking vocational education and training in Years 11 and 12, a well recognised pathway is into an apprenticeship or traineeship."