Challenges faced in the VET sector
Digital disruption in the Vocational Eduction and Training (VET) sector, and across the Australian workforce, is forcing TAFEs, colleges and polytechnics to become more competitive, innovative and consumer oriented. According to industry leaders at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics 2018 World Congress, technology holds the secret to success.
“The key issue facing the sector is persuading people that the most profitable path they can take is vocational courses, because it provides people with the real world skills they need,” said Stuart Middleton, Special Advisor to the Chief Executive at Manukau Institute of Technology.
“If every country really is competing for skilled workers, it’s technology and the polytechnic sector that will have the answers.”
Find a strategic partner, not just a vendor
With technology holding the key to the future, finding the right technology partner is essential.
Box Hill Institute’s CEO Vivienne King said her institution partners with organisations they can trust, while South Metropolitan TAFE’s Brenda Micale said they chose to partner with vendors that understand their business and are solutions focused.
“Technology helps us in all aspects of our business because it first and foremost provides a connectivity to the client,” Micale said.
“Technology has been our past, our present and our future. As it gets smarter and more agile, partnering with a vendor that allows us to take advantage of new technologies will increasingly underpin our success.”
Technology has been our past, our present and our future. As it gets smarter and more agile, partnering with a vendor that allows us to take advantage of new technologies will increasingly underpin our success.
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