Human capital development: reforms for adult and community education
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The Adult and Community Education (ACE) sector is consistently responsive to changing community needs and government priorities. It is this particular function that has drawn ACE into the lifelong learning debate as one model for sustaining communities. The responsiveness of ACE means that the sector and its programs continue to make valuable contributions to the quality of social and economic life, particularly in local communities. Although a major focus of ACE is on non-vocational outcomes, there is potential for the sector to make a greater contribution to the human capital stream of the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) National Reform Agenda (NRA). This article briefly describes the ACE sector and its current provisions, and proposes ways in which the sector could make a greater contribution to the human capital stream of the NRA. Reforms to ACE are critical at a time when the Australian Government is planning activities for the NRA, when there is an urgent need of skilled workers, when the ageing population is seeking pathways and opportunities for economic outcomes, and when traditional VET providers are unable to meet the skill shortages experienced by industry across Australia.
Australian Journal of Adult Learning
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