Developing green skills through a regional TAFE. AVETRA Canberra 2012 Dr Mike Brown LaTrobe University Faculty of Education. A brief overview . . . . An overview of the study Context and background Literature review, other studies Methodology Findings Discussion Conclusions.
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AVETRA Canberra 2012
Dr Mike Brown
Faculty of Education
The UNEP (2011) report defines the Green economy as ‘an economy that results in improved human well-being and reduced inequalities over the long term, while not exposing future generations to significant environmental risks and ecological scarcities’ (pg.2).
DEEWR (2011) in their report on Australian Jobs explains, ‘green skills, or skills for sustainability, are the professional and vocational skills, as well as the generic skills (such as sustainable approaches, innovation and problem solving) required for new green jobs and the greening of existing jobs across all industry sectors as a response to climate change and sustainability imperatives’ (DEEWR 2011: 31).
The region: Riverside TAFE
30,000 people living in warm sunny weather
Local industries include, horticulture, wine production, conservation and land management, irrigation, transport, health and community services, building and construction, automotive and engineering
Climate Commission (2011) ‘this decade is critical’ and Australia must decarbonise its economy and move to clean energy sources by 2050. The longer we wait the more difficult and costly it will be. This is the basis of calls for a transition to a low carbon economy. High amongst the strategies to do this is the setting of targets for a lowering of carbon and pollution emissions, and also targets for the levels of alternative and renewable energy being used. This paper starts to explore the extent to which green skills are being developed through a regional TAFE Institute and the ways that green skills might contribute to place-based strategies for regional development in the Riverside region.
1. 2830 Dubbo, NSW 28.0% 2. 4511 Caloundra QLD 27.3%3. 5211 Victor Harbor, McCracken, Hindmarsh Valley, SA 25.9%4. 6208 Pinjarra, Oakley, Ravenswood, WA 24.7%5. 5214 Currency Creek, Goolwa, Hindmarsh Island, SA 24.7%6. 5173 Aldinga, Port Willunga, Silver Sands, SA 24.1%7. 4280 Jimboomba, North & South Maclean, QLD 23.9%8. 6069 Ellenbrook, Brigadoon, The Vines, WA 23.8%9. 5158 Hallett Cove, Sheidow Park, SA 23.6%10. 4208 Ormeau, Jacobs Well, QLD 23.2%11. 4505 Burpengary, Burpengary East, QLD 22.2%12. 4507 Bribie Island, QLD 21.7%13. 2477 Alstonville, Rous, Meerschaum Vale, NSW 21.2%14. 4165 Victoria Point, Redland Bay, Mt Cotton, QLD 21.0%15. 4116 Calamvale, Drewvale, QLD 21.0%16. 5169 Seaford, Moana SA 20.7%17. 5095 Mawson Lakes, Pooraka, SA 20.5%18. 5251 Mount Barker, Bugle Ranges, SA 20.5%19. 4133 Chambers Flat, Waterford, QLD 20.2% 20. 2486 Banora Point, Tweed Heads South, Bilambil, NSW 20.0%
Three key questions
Industry and community stakeholders (4);
VET managers (4)
TAFE teachers (5)
TAFE students (7)
Riverside Development Corporation:
Riverside Development Corporation:
In terms of the strengths identified by the TDA, four of these stood out for this Institute. The notions of,