A plan focussed on innovation in the workplace has highlighted the importance of Vocational Education and Training (VET) within the changing workforce and calls for education providers to ensure their VET programs remain internationally competitive.
Innovation & Science Australia released its Australia 2030: Prosperity Through Innovation plan last week, which includes strategic opportunities within the education sector.
The plan calls for educators to “respond to the changing nature of work by equipping all Australians with skills relevant to 2030.”
A key strategic opportunity included in the plan highlights “Australia’s vocational education and training system can be made responsive to the new priorities presented by innovation.”
St Stephen’s College – a registered VET provider - now delivers international education programs to schools in two Chinese cities with plans to expand into further schools and cities later this year.
St Stephen’s College CEO Iain Langridge said the College program focuses on core business skills as well as English language lessons.
“Technological advances have transformed the workforce in many countries, including Australia, putting pressure on employees to learn new skills,” Iain said.
“More often than not we are seeing soft skills such as creative thinking, communication and entrepreneurship as the most highly valued by potential employers.
“Encouraging students to engage in alternative forms of learning, such as vocational education & training courses, and to pursue alternative pathways to further education is a valuable tool they can then build on for the remainder of their careers.”