Education News

Winners are grinners at WorldSkills Nationals

The WorldSkills Australia National Championships were held in Melbourne over the weekend, with 470 competitors from around Australia vying for medals in different areas of vocational education and training (VET). The aim of the event is to get young Australians excited about skills and trades and growing Australia’s skills culture. It’s also about building the […]

Education News

National campaign to promote careers in HVAC&R

A new campaign promoting careers in HVAC&R is being rolled out by the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC), targeting students at almost 3,000 secondary schools across Australia. Each school’s careers adviser will receive a package explaining the careers the HVAC&R industry can offer, and how students can make a difference. ARC chairman Michael Bennett says the […]

Events and conferences News

Australian fridgie to compete at Chillventa

Australian refrigeration and air conditioning technician Tom Clancy is set to travel to Germany in October, where he will compete in the WorldSkills international competition at the giant Chillventa exhibition. The scheduling of the competition came as welcome news for Clancy and the other international competitors, who were due to battle it out in Shanghai […]


WorldSkills International Competition cancelled

The 46th WorldSkills International Competition scheduled to be held in Shanghai has been cancelled due to ongoing pandemic prevention and control restrictions in China. Scheduled for October 12–17, 2022, the competition was originally planned for 2021 and was postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic. “It is with deep disappointment that we announce the cancellation […]


Overcoming the stigma of VET

Vocational education and training (VET) has long been surrounded by negative perceptions. In a recent “What if” paper, VOCEDplus discusses what would happen if we could overcome these negative perceptions. The paper notes that societal perceptions of VET are influenced by a variety of factors, including the terminology surrounding vocational training versus higher education. VET […]