ACSA Webinars
Term 2

Steve Harrison, Policy Impact Fellow, Winston Churchill Trust and Project Officer (VET and Senior Secondary), Australian Education Union

Towards an Employment Logic: the cultural shift needed to improve VET outcomes for secondary school students

Wednesday 9 June 2021 7-8pm AEST

Session complete. Recording available via ACSA Webinars on Demand

Steve Harrison

In Norway programs of vocation education and training for secondary school students (VfSSS), achieve an employment rate of 96%, while only 40% of students studying VET in Australian schools gain employment in their field of training. So, what's the secret to the Norwegian success? Partly, it is about industry engagement, but above all, it is a difference in culture. VET programs in Norwegian school operate less like schools and more like workplaces.

VET delivered to secondary school students in Australia has a mixed reputation for quality and attainment among industry, schools, students and parents. In particular VET for secondary school students is seen as not meeting the workforce development needs of employers.

This webinar will examine the contrasting cultures between schools and workplaces and the place of VET programs for secondary school students, and how to fit VET into a school context while meeting the specific employment pathway needs of students and industry. Crucial to this is the move from an "education logic" in schools towards an "employment logic".

AITSL Standards Addressed:
1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
1.2 Understand how students learn
2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
7.2 Comply with legislative, administrative and organisational requirements
7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities
(note: the fact that it is difficult for this topic to address the bulk of the AITSL Standards is proof of the hypothesis)

Why you should attend:
If you are a practitioner of VET in Australian schools you should attend this seminar to explore ways in which you could enhance your delivery context to provide for better outcomes. There are many tips on changing school culture that can be applied to the wider secondary school contexts as well.

What you will learn:
How changing traditional culture of Australian school can lead to better outcomes for all students.