Mapping Global/Regional/Local Policy Platforms

Mapping Global/Regional/Local Policy Platforms

The final report by WAVE Intern, Zulaika Shihab, Gender & Education: Mapping Global/Regional/Local Policy Platforms can now be downloaded here.  WAVE is proud to share this research with...
Launch of Zulaikha’s report

Launch of Zulaikha’s report

WAVE intern, Zulaikha Shihab, presented her research ‘Gender and Education Post 2015’ at Melbourne University on 6 November. Read more: WAVE MGSE Research Seminar_6 11...

INAP conference 2015

Report: Apprenticeships should work for women too Presentation slides: WAVE INAP slides...

Market Rules?

Market Rules?  Where are women in skills provision in 21st century vocational education and training?  This paper was given at the recent NCVER conference 7/8 July 2015 in Sydney, by WAVE National Convenor Linda Simon     Market rules? Where are women in skills provision in 21st century vocational education and training? Linda Simon, WAVE National Convenor* Elaine Butler, WAVE Past National Co-Convenor/WAVE Ambassador* In 1999, Butler and Ferrier wrote a landmark report for NCVER entitled ‘Don’t be too polite girls’.  As part of this extensive literature research and review, the authors noted that women’s participation rate in VET had improved, but that there were continuing problems, including women “... clustering in fields of study and at lower levels, less employer support for external training, under-representation and low completion rates in apprenticeships in non-traditional areas ...”. (1999:vii) They also observed that the diminishing commitment to equity in a marketised VET system would present even greater challenges for many women.  (Butler and Ferrier, 1999) Sixteen years have passed, with the VET system being subject to ongoing significant changes including the 2012 agreement on a new market-driven funding model for vocational education. “Markets require a rationing of education, and the creation of hierarchies and mechanisms of competition”. (Connell, 2013:99) VET is now a highly complex public/private industry firmly located with/in a competitive market place. What has this meant for women and girls engaging in VET?   Drawing on our research over this period, this paper considers equity and gender equity in C21 VET provision, especially in light of the G20 commitment by Australia (amongst other countries) to reduce the gap in...