Thursday, October 2, 2008

AUSTAFE 08 Conference – 2/10/08

A business approach to the Business of Social Inclusion
Dr Mark Bagshaw, Director, Innov8 Consulting Group

A Changing World
- gap between rich and poor can’t continue
- education is paramount
- business is not doing it part
- governments need to be stronger

If people with a disability were engaged in the workforce there would be an additional 161,000 people in the Australian workforce.

We haven’t built a society which supports the needs of disability groups.
606.000 people are receiving a pension at a cost of $12.5 bn just in pensions.

Attitudes to Diversity must change.

Skilling Australia: The Opportunities and Threats for TAFE
Philip Bullock, Chair, Skills Australia

Skills need to be holistic.

1 in 4 people unemployed today are ‘long term unemployed’
We have over 20% unemployment in youth
2006 Adult Literacy and Lifeskills survey – low literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills in Australia
Only 50% of apprentices are completing their apprenticeships

Productivity Places Program
630,000 additional training places over 5 years
284,000 for job seekers

Providing people with the opportunity to undertake training and education is paramount.

Striving for Excellence: Improving the Quality of VET Teaching, Learning and Assessment
Malcolm Goff, Chief Executive Officer, TVET Australia

Quality Outcomes for VET:
Competency Standards, Quality Policy Framework, VET Learning Resources, National VET Workforce

The importance of the National Training System being “more dynamic and flexible to meet the needs of industry and students if it is to delivery skills that the Australian economy needs now and into the future” – Skilling Australia for the Future, April 2008 – the productivity agenda

“Focus is on ensuring that the next generation of Training Packages provides greater flexibility and adaptability by being highly responsive to industry’s existing and future demand for new skills”

Quality Policy Framework: AQTF2007
“Focus is on ensuring that the quality management of the national training system delivers quality, client focused training and assessment. This includes monitoring and evaluating regulatory arrangements, accountabilities and decision making process at the strategic level”

VET Learning Resources:
“Focus is on providing access to: a national catalogue of quality teaching, learning and assessment resources; national and international licensing services” – - will be one of the LORN repository owners shortly.

Another national repository is the Resource Generator.

National VET workforce development:
“Focus is on ensuring that the skills capacity of the VET workforce is increased and deepeneand that the demand for skills and skills training are matched”

The Social Inclusion Dimension: What is it? Why does it Matter?
Martin Stewart-Weeks, Director, Public Sector (Asia-Pacific), Cisco Systems

Cisco sends its products to market when they’re 70-80% ready – and lets the market work out what else needs doing to improve them.

Innovation isn’t what it used to – we need to innovate like we never have before.
New ethics of innovation is very challenging for industry.
We are currently in a shift from an institutional model (ego-centric) to a relational model.

TAFE is both a victim and an agent of this transition.

An Agenda:
Social Innovation

Innovation is moving to a connected Ecosystem – ie from in house labs to the connected global marketplace

Because the really smart people you need are not working in your organisation, you need to connect and integrate them into your system.

The Governance Framework – Culture – most innovation doesn’t come from the centre – but from the ‘edge’ – frustrated, disgruntled customers are a great source of innovation.

Social innovation solutions are willing to try something different, provide an effective solution and leave behind new and sustainable capabilities, assets or opportunities for wider social change

Geoff Mulgam, Young Foundation – need to become more rigorous and systematic about how we develop and move social innovations in our organisations.

Bees – individuals, entrepreneurs – TAFE employees – Trees – TAFE as an organisation

Charles LeadbeaterWe think – Six Lessons – Social Innovations – we are what we share – relationships are critical – framing counts – people enact change – public sector orchestration – new measures – political leadership

ASIX – Australian Social Innovation Exchange – raise the profile of social innovations as a key contributor to new thinking about sustainable solution to unmet social needs in Australia, to lift the speed of the social innovation cycle. Have a Twitter account: sixlive

A new ethic of public value – the power of distributed networking; mind set – changing from ego-centric to everything 2.0 – co-creation of content – openness – harnessing the network – peer production

The new wealth of nations is in the networks – value not just in $$ but in the connection between people. Yochai Benkler's book – The wealth of networks

People subscribe to people – the clue train manifesto

TAFE as a ‘victim’ – TAFE as an ‘agent’

Connected, open & distributed, network centric – the network knows more than we do – user participation and co-creation – people enact change – the importance of relationships – bees and trees

Are we backing people or organisations? – shared mental model – culture – governance – leadership – investment and resources – control and openness – knowledge management and collaboration

New truths:
First it is ridiculed
Secondly it is violently opposed
Thirdly it is accepted as being self-evident

TAFE as an Agent of Social Change
Conversation Café - Dr Mark Bagshaw & Martin Stewart-Weeks

Medical, emotional, social, environmental and vocational learning – we need to consider the different types of learning and how we can do this training in parallel.

Attitudal and prejudices prevent change.

An education is not social inclusion in its own right.

Social Diversity training/reform is so important for the improvements of engaging migrants and people with a disability into the workplace.

Contestability in VET: The Good, the Bad and the Elephant – Panel Discussion
Hugh Guthrie, NCVER; Phillip Bullock, Skills Australia; (Malcolm Goff, TVET Australia - absent); Louise Palmer, Swinburne University; Adrian Marron, TAFE SA

Phillip: Contestability is a ‘jurisdictional’ decision – an institute needs to understand where they are in the market – how can TAFE equally participate in a contestable training market when they are restricted by the decision making structure of a government body.

Louise: if you have a certificate at a certain level – you will not be able to undertake another different certificate at the same level at the ‘government subsidised’ rate – or if you hold a diploma or degree you will not be entitled to government subsidised pricing for a qualification which is less than that diploma/degree.

Adrian: the training market is ‘imperfect’ and will need some regulating to allow for these imperfections.

From the floor:

What impact will contestable funding have on social inclusion and innovation? We need a strong ACE and school sector involved in VET.

What is actually being contested? Need to accommodate Industry, the individual and the RTO – jurisdictions will be able to determine how they manage their additional ‘contestable’ funding/pricing to meet the needs of their State/Territory. Pricing will occur around the skills needs of their economy.

1 comment:

theother66 (formally MadMiller) said...

A colleague, Paul Heck, responsed to my Tweet via Facebook:

My Tweet:
"Not sure I really understand the 'contestability of the VET sector' - jurisdictions make the choices about how they handle contestability."

Paul's comment:
"Jurisdictions won't be important in an environment where there will be porous state boundaries. Look at NARA and the support that the Commonwealth is providing them.
Canny providers will register key quals and units with NARA and deliver anywhere in Oz.
We are moving toward a national training market (not system) and the ones that will do best, in ... Read Morethe first instance, will in all likelihood be the dual sector providers."