Tertiary pathways examined

A new committee has started to examine tertiary pathways as part of the Government's commitment to increase participation by young people in post-school education and training. 

The Pathways Committee will identify the range and effectiveness of pathway models linking school, Vocational Education and Training (VET) and higher education, and the barriers to developing effective pathways between each sector.

The NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccoli, said the Government has committed to ambitious targets for improving the number of people with tertiary and skill qualifications.
 
"These targets include having 90% of 20-24 year olds having attained a Year 12 or AQF qualification at Certificate III or above by 2020, and ensuring that 44% of 25-34 year olds hold a bachelor level qualification or above by 2025," he said.

Gabrielle Upton, the Member for Vaucluse and Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education and Skills, will chair the committee.

"The committee will recommend policy settings for the tertiary education sector that can deliver education and training programs that enable and encourage greater participation through innovative, flexible and coordinated pathways," Ms Upton said.

Committee members

  • Murray Campbell – Principal, Barham High School
  • Pam Christie – Deputy Director General, TAFE and Community Education NSW Department of Education and Communities
  • Professor Peter Lee – Vice Chancellor, Southern Cross University
  • Leslie Loble – Chief Executive, Office of Education, NSW Department of Education and Communities
  • Dr Lisa O'Brien – Chief Executive Officer, The Smith Family
  • Pat O'Reilly – Principal, Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College
  • Professor Judyth Sachs – Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Macquarie University
  • Max Schroder – Higher Education Advisory Council
  • Peter Tyree – President, Business/Higher Education Round Table
  • Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright AM – Chair, TAFE Higher Education Governing Council
  • Natalie Walker – Chief Executive Officer, Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council.

A report recommending strategies and initiatives for more effective pathway models will be presented to the education minister by 30 June 2012.

Read the media release.

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