The Prime Minister says that TAFE is as good as university and wants to encourage young Australians to consider taking up a trade. But how fit for purpose is the sector? After a troubled recent history of dodgy providers and high upfront fees, enrolments are plummeting. Can this be reversed? In this edition of Talking Teaching Professor John Polesel and Professor Peter Noonan consider the policy changes needed to alter the perception that VET is a second class option.
Professor John Polesel - Centre for Vocational and Educational Policy, MGSE
Professor Peter Noonan - Professor of Tertiary Education Policy, Mitchell Institute, Victoria University