Morning host Daryl Manzie talks with CDU Alice Springs academic Dr Don Zoellner who received high praise for a paper he presented to Australia’s leading vocational education and training research conference.
Dr Zoellner’s paper “Fixing problematic apprentice systems: there is never a clean slate” was judged conference paper of the year at the Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association annual conference in Sydney.
“It was one of about 65 presentations made at a conference that brings together researchers from industry, government and tertiary education sectors,” Dr Zoellner said.
“My paper compared apprentice systems in the UK and Australia, with a focus on the ‘who-benefits-who-pays’ equation.
“The answer to ‘who pays’ generally reflects the prevailing views about the role of the state, private enterprise and the individual system.
“Employer levies have been introduced in the UK to pay for their system, whereas in Australia we have government-sponsored loans that are shifting the cost towards the student.