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Foundation skills Terminology

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 […]

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TAFEs

Beyond the obvious: The distinct role of Victorian TAFEs and the domains of their foundation skills support services

In 2019, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) released a shared vision for the future of VET in Australia. In it, the following seven points were presented: Provides workforce skills and relevant, up-to-date qualifications that are well-matched to the evolving opportunities and challenges of Australia’s modern economy Is flexible in providing skills at all points […]

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Foundation skills

‘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 […]

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Digital literacy

The coming of age of digital literacy skills

This week, I attended a webinar entitled Skills First: Language, Literacy and Numeracy, presented by Jenni Oldfield on behalf on the VET Development Centre. The focus was on digital literacy skills and the introduction of the Digital Literacy Skills Framework (DLSF), released this April (and produced by Philippa McLean, Jenni Oldfield and Adrian Stephens for […]

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TAFEs

What’s the point of Victorian TAFEs? Surely not to cultivate a productive, compliant robotic workforce!

During these times of lockdown, self-isolation and forced working from home, many of us are using our time to contemplate, assess and reflect on our lives. What am I doing? What do I want? Where am I going? Why am I here? For me, I’ve gone way beyond navel-gazing and have started looking at a […]

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Foundation skills

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 […]

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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 […]

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Funding

When funding hinders research into VET foundation skills

About ten days ago, I had the good fortune of sitting down with a researcher who has been investigating and advising on foundation skills in Australian VET for over twenty years. Me, a relative newcomer, jumped at the opportunity to listen to her vast knowledge and experience over an English breakfast tea. Many topics were […]

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Updates

Hello Australia!

Welcome to my world. I look forward to sharing with you all the progress, thoughts, questions and answers I have related to advancing foundation skills support in the Australian VET sector. Thank you for coming on the journey.