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LEARNING TO ADULT – LIFE SKILLS IN SCHOOLS

A recent Monash University survey found that Australians would like to see ‘life skills’ taught in our schools. The kinds of things mentioned ranged from technology and coding (the skills that were considered important for future employment); but also covered budgeting, job preparation and domestic tasks. The demand for what one survey respondent called ‘learning… Read more

THE NEW WORK REALITY

  For at least the past century, Australia’s promise to our young people has been that education is their ‘golden-ticket’ to a full-time job. That promise is now at risk. So begins the forward to the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) 2018 report ‘The New Work Reality’. It’s nothing we are unaware of, and it… Read more

DIGGING INTO JOB ADS

SEEK.com recently dug into their job ads to explore jobs growth throughout Australia in 2017, and some of the results are quite revealing. With all of the publicity surrounding the need for students to explore STEM options, it won’t come as any surprise to find that science, technology and engineering jobs recorded strong growth in… Read more

A BRIGHT FUTURE WITH DIPP

What is DIPP? Defence Industry Pathways Program (DIPP) is collaboration between TAFESA, ASC, Department for State Development and the Advanced Technology Project (ATP); and that’s a mouthful of acronyms! Focussing on manufacturing and design, DIPP is a semester long course that helps students to develop the high-level employability skills so important to advanced manufacturing roles… Read more

Famous Ex-Teachers

For some educators teaching is a vocation to which they dedicate their entire working life. For others it’s a profession they visit for a time before moving on. Whichever direction they take, countless ex-teachers are out there carving successful careers, utilising the skills and resilience their time in the classroom has bestowed. Most ex-teachers go… Read more

INDUSTRY NEEDS INTRAPRENEURS

For some time now we’ve been hearing and writing about the importance of entrepreneurship in the future workforce. The call has been for young Australians to become job creators over job seekers. More importantly though, the workforce needs intrapreneurs! Students don’t have to be entrepreneurs to be successful, but unlocking their entrepreneurial skills will certainly… Read more

WHY GAMIFICATION IS SO IMPORTANT

Tell me and I’ll forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand. Confucius   The classroom has always been the thriving domain of competition in the form of essays, role-play, quizzes and games. In today’s digital classroom, this type of good-natured competition takes on different forms. Gamification is now the buzz… Read more

DREAM JOB CLUSTERS

We already know that the dynamic and changing workforce will see young people shifting through several jobs, and careers in their lifetime. It’s an exciting time, and might seem daunting to students. But it needn’t be. As jobs change and new jobs emerge, whether they realise it or not, they will be more prepared for… Read more