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What Australia’s not-for-profit community education providers need

20 Jul 2018
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The following article is based on a speech given by Don Perlgut at a Federal Vocational Education and Training (VET) Policy Forum in Melbourne on 16 July 2018.

The article first details how community education providers are unique in that they over-perform in reaching Australia's most vulnerable and disadvantaged learners. The article then outlines community education provider needs for infrastructure support, recognition of the sector and restoring the community education brand, proper VET funding, reversal of VET privatisation and marketisation, funding support for foundation skills and adult literacy, regional economic development and upskilling older workers. The article concludes with a plea for national leadership and a creation of a vision for the future of Australian VET.

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