It is no overstatement to suggest that our entire society is built largely upon the expertise of people across a wide range of fields. Think about it for a moment—where would we be without our expert builders, engineers, or architects? Where would society be without our plumbers, electricians, and other expert tradespeople? Indeed, the fabric of human society rests upon the structures that we design and build and the energy systems that we install.
The Importance of Education in Our Society
Most people would agree that a quality education system results in quality individuals with expertise across a wide range of fields. Unfortunately, in recent years successive federal and state governments have merely paid lip service to the idea of a quality education, and they have seen fit to pull funding from traditionally vital sources of learning, including TAFE.
Additionally, the Australian manufacturing sector has experienced a major decline in the last three decades due to changing global economic conditions, and it has become clear that the real challenge in our society is to ensure that we produce individuals with a high quality of expertise in their chosen fields. This is why educational institutions that specialise in high quality vocational education remain an important part of the fabric of our society. After all, when you need an electrician, you’ll want only the most qualified.
Educating Our Youngsters the Right Way
Consider the plight of the young high school student with a desire to become a qualified electrician, for example. These days, it is entirely possible for that student to study a number of industry-recognised certificates even before leaving high school through the Pathways Program. This prepares them to learn more about their chosen field, but further learning at a TAFE, for example, will be required, as well as an apprenticeship. In many ways, this is where the real learning begins.
When enrolling in one of the electrician courses in a local TAFE, here is what the aspiring young student can expect to study:
- how to set up, install, and find fault in electrical systems in all types of buildings,
- a course that is compliant with ERAC standards, and
- practical experience in a workplace for apprentice-level students, or equivalent practical learning delivered and supported by a workplace.
The ideal course in this area should be accessible to as many students as possible so as to widen the field, but also demand certain basic requirements, including literacy and numeracy.
The success of our society rests on the capacity of our children to access the education that they need, but also the capacity of our system to provide the right type of positive reinforcement and encouragement. It is often said that a child forms most of their view of life by the age of seven. To this end, our children deserve the best start in life that society can give them, but also the right to access quality education so that they can grow, develop, and contribute to society.