EXTRACT from an article by Tom McIlroy.
Labor has asked business representatives Jennifer Westacott and James Pearson to help shape its review of post-secondary education, set to consider university and TAFE side-by-side.
In February, Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek said she would launch the review in the first 100 days of a Labor government, asking a group of experts from the higher education sector, unions and big business to prepare terms of reference before the election.
Ms Plibersek and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the Business Council and Chamber of Commerce and Industry bosses would be joined by former deputy prime minister Brian Howe, ACTU boss Sally McManus and Brotherhood of St Laurence research general manager Shelley Mallett to draft the plans.
Ms Westacott has previously called for an end to “cultural bias” which sees VET qualifications as second-class qualifications behind university degrees.
SOURCE: McIlroy, Tom. “Labor names business chiefs Jennifer Westacott and James Pearson to TAFE review.” Australian Financial Review, 6 June 2018.
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