The Central Planning Prize of the day goes to the Department of Education and Training, which will be back in the prediction business if the government plan for sub degree places in universities gets up. The discussion paper proposes allocating them on the basis of some sensible criteria, industry consultation, professional body approval, work experience/integrated learning etc. And one not so sensible; “the course relates to emerging industries or occupations, where related industries are not yet mature but are strategically important for the economy. Initially this will include science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses.” Until the ‘80s government used to run workforce and industry policy by predicting the future, and didn’t that work well.
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