Celebrating 25 Years of ACPET

Celebrating 25 Years of ACPET

RTO Managers, Trainers, Executives, Government officials and more gathered at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre last week to celebrate 25 years of the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET).

A great professional development opportunity, the conference also paid homage to those who lobby for the Vocational Education sector ensuring we are on track to support private education providers meet the skills required for tomorrow.

Program overview

The conference, which is held over 2 days brought with it a commercial vibe heading up the keynote session with a branding guru, Jack Perlinski. Throughout the day there were various streams including:

  • Students in Today’s World
  • Leadership and Performance
  • Getting more out of Student Data and Learner Analytics
  • The Future Capability of Open Source Learning
  • The Educator 2020 and beyond
  • Ethical Behaviours in Practice

Student Focus

With ASQA’s new audit focus on the student experience, John Grech, Higher Education Manager at the Australian Institute of Technical Training, presented an enlightening perspective on how student engagement is of critical importance in an ever increasingly open market of information. Bradley Low talked delegates through a case study on Student Engagement through Online Learning.

Rod Camm, ACEPT CEO stated, “It is student choice that will drive quality and deliver better outcomes for students….We all need to make long-term investments in quality.”

VET Statistics

NCVER discussed the importance of student data and learner analytics. An estimated 4.2 million students participated in vocational education and training in 2016 and as Rod Camm points out, “800,000 enrolments (were) in non-accredited training.”

Thoughts and other perspectives

If you search for the handle #ACPET25YRS in either Twitter, Facebook or Linked In, you will see a range of tweets and posts from those who attended.

High ranking tweets included:

  • @CammRod “Integrity, respect for education and ethics is what will position us for the future”
  • By 2020 we will need close to a further 300,000 apprentices/ trainees” @karenandrewsmp
    Karen is the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Member for McPherson on the Southern Gold Coast.

Raising the profile of VET

The highlight of the event was the opportunity to discuss and debate topics from the conference with RTO Managers, Training Managers and Educators.

It was a great honour to be part of the 25th anniversary of ACPET. We hope to see you ACPET2018 if not before.

Get in touch

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