Yes, that’s right folks, I am going back to teaching again. It’s been a while, but I am glad I have jumped ship. For those unaware, no I do not teach primary or secondary school students, I teach adults.
Here in Australia, teaching adults falls under what is called “vocational” education. The Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector is one of the biggest providers of education in Australia. Vocational Education teachers like me are also called TAFE Teachers or Lecturers. Generally, they are in charge of facilitating training courses that help people find employment.
I feel that VET is a great model for those students that are not fully academically minded and trust me there is a lot of them out there.
Vocational education is a different learning option from the path of college or universities. It offers a path that imparts the skills and knowledge needed to work in a given occupation. It teaches skills and knowledge for the everyday skills and duties you carry out in your particular field. It is skill based learning rather than learning that focuses on ideas and theories.
I feel that all students should have the opportunity to be trained in whatever skills their natural gifts and preferences lead them to. To keep a young person with an affinity for hair design or one of the trades like plumbing or construction from developing the skills to pursue this is destructive to both them and the countries economy.
Not going to get very political but I feel that VET is important to our economy as without people with trade training, we would not have houses, hair dressers, specialised IT people and more, hence society as a whole would be weird.
Anyways, so far, loving my new team, getting my advanced MSTeams skills up (thanks to COVID) and enjoying imparting my knowledge and skills to others to help them succeed too.