What roles do foundation skills support services have in VET?

This is the third of a three-part series that looks at three questions related to foundation skills support services in Australian VET. The aim of this series is to assist practitioners in their understanding of their roles, the complexity of issues at hand and the historical background of the field. This series uses past literature… Continue reading What roles do foundation skills support services have in VET?

Are they actually ‘skills’ or are they ‘practices’ … or are they both, at the same time?

This is the second of a three-part series that looks at three questions related to foundation skills support services in Australian VET. The aim of this series is to assist practitioners in their understanding of their roles, the complexity of issues at hand and the historical background of the field. This series uses past literature… Continue reading Are they actually ‘skills’ or are they ‘practices’ … or are they both, at the same time?

How do you define foundation skills when terminology is ‘in constant flux’?

This is the first of a three-part series that looks at three questions related to foundation skills support services in Australian VET. The aim of this series is to assist practitioners in their understanding of their roles, the complexity of issues at hand and the historical background of the field. This series uses past literature… Continue reading How do you define foundation skills when terminology is ‘in constant flux’?

‘LLN’ is dead. Long live ‘foundation skills’. Maybe.

Since I started working in the field of VET foundation skills support, I have often been confused by the various terminology … and I’m certain I’m not the only one. To get to the bottom of it, I had to look back into government/research documents to see where the various terms and acronyms came from… Continue reading ‘LLN’ is dead. Long live ‘foundation skills’. Maybe.

The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of foundation skills

I never imagined that one day I would combine Star Wars with my work in foundation skills … but, to my excitement, today is the day. And what better way to start off than with a quote from the great Obi-Wan Kenobi as he first describes the force to Luke Skywalker, saying … “It’s an… Continue reading The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of foundation skills

What the f? Don’t people know what foundation skills are?

Picture it. I’m out for dinner with friends; everyone seems relaxed and cheery as we all navigate who’s sitting where around the table. There’s a little hesitation because there are a couple of new faces I haven’t met before, and we first need to subconsciously sum each other up to determine some kind of animalistic… Continue reading What the f? Don’t people know what foundation skills are?