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Melbourne visits for vocational education in schools inquiry: public hearings Tuesday and Wednesday 2 & 3 September, 2003

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Standing Committee on Education & Training Chair: Kerry Bartlett MP Deputy: Rod Sawford MP

Inquiry into Vocational Education in Schools

Public hearings - Tuesday and Wednesday. 2 & 3 September, 2003

Melbourne visits for vocational education in schools inquiry

The rapidly growing area of vocational education and training (VET) in schools is being investigated by the House of Representatives Education and Training Committee.

On Tuesday 2 September, public hearings will be held in Melbourne with educators, community partners, independent schools and private training providers. Their submissions indicate the need for greater resourcing of the popular VET initiatives. See program over for more detail of organisations appearing.

On Wednesday 3 September, the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, EPIC Industry Training Board, and Light Manufacturing Training Australia, will all caution on the need for quality VET in school programs to ensure that VET qualifications maintain their credibility. Biotechnology, an identified growth industry, will be represented by AusBiotech and the Gene Technology Access Centre, and will outline their work in improving students’ awareness of potential careers. On Wednesday afternoon the Education

Committee will visit Northland Secondary College to talk to students and staff about their work in vocational education programs in schools, particularly supportfor indigenous students, design programs, the development of a new manufacturing technology centre, and community and industry support.


Tuesday 2 September - Hearing K Room, Parliament House Spring Street, Melbourne, VIC 10:30am to 5:00pm

Wednesday 3 September - Hearing School Visit

K Room, Parliament House Northland Secondary College

Spring Street, Melbourne, VIC 62 Murray Road, East Preston

9:00am to 12 noon 2:30pm to 4:45pm

Please note: should media wish to visit the school please contact the secretariat first

BACKGROUND: The inquiry is examining the range, structure, resourcing and delivery of vocational education and training programs in schools, including teacher training, the impact of vocational education on other programs, vocational education in new industries, and the accessibility and effectiveness of vocational education for indigenous students.

“Vocational education and training in schools is growing rapidly,” says House Education Committee Chair, Mr Kerry Bartlett. “We need to be sure we are maximising its potential to support young people to choose effectively from the range of pathways available to them and to successfully make the transition from school to work or further education and training.

“Northern Melbourne has had high youth unemployment. We are interested in the effectiveness of vocational education in schools in preparing students for their future work life. We also need to identify the strengths of the Victorian system, how to support industry initiatives, while encouraging young people to complete Year 12. Other states are trialling the Local Learning and Employment Partnership model that was developed in Victoria, so it will be worthwhile to hear about the benefits of the system.”

For media comment: Kerry Bartlett, MP, Chair, House Education Committee, via tel: (02) 4751 7494

For more information: Committee Secretariat, tel: (02) 6277 2121 or 0421 611173

or visit the inquiry website at ittee/edtlves/index.htm

Telephone: 02 6277 4573 PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Facsimile: 02 6277 4427 CANBERRA ACT 2600

E-mail: Website:


Issued: 1 September 2003

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Training

10:30am — 11:15am 11:15am — 12:00pm

12:00pm — 12:45pm 12:45pm — 1:45pm 1:45pm - 2:30pm 2:30pm — 3:15pm 3:30pm — 4:15pm 4:15pm — 5:00pm

9:00am — 9:40am 9:40am — 10:20am

10:20am — 11:00am 11:15am — 12:00pm

PUBLIC HEARINGS Tuesday 2 September 2003 K Room Parliament House

Spring Street, Melbourne Career Education Association of Victoria SGR Local Learning and Employment Network including Deakin University

Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia break Impact Creativity Centre Independent Education Union Australian Education Union Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Union

Wednesday 3 September 2003 K Room Parliament House Spring Street, Melbourne

Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce Electrotechnology, Printing, Information Technology and Communication (EPIC) Industry Training Board Light Manufacturing Training Australia Biotechnology - AusBiotech and Gene Technology Access Centre

SCHOOL VISIT Wednesday 3 September 2003 Northland Secondary College 62 Murray Road, East Preston VIC Please contact the secretariat before visiting the school 2:00pm - 3:45pm Arrival, introductions and tour, Hearing with students

Hearing with Principal and Staff Hearing with local industry/learning/employment partners Inner Northern LLEN 4:00pm - 4:45pm