In the news: Skills Passport

Posted in News on 4 March 2024

Research Professional News reports on the DASSH National Skills Passport consultation submission. The article comes on the back of extensive member consultation around the proposed Skills Passport, which DASSH firmly supports.

As part of our submission we argued the Skills Passport represents a great opportunity for humanities, arts and social sciences educators to think about the skills their disciplines deliver and how best to communicate them with prospective students and their families. It also brings a welcome focus to lifelong learning.

DASSH is supportive of the move to encourage students to see the employment opportunities that come with studying these disciplines, and also pointed out the importance of teaching highly sought after transferrable skills as well as vocational skills.

The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities told the federal Department of Education that “it is critical that the skills passport platform does not lead to students being guided towards vocational courses at the expense of complex and challenging areas that remain vital to Australia’s national capabilities, such as languages or the study of other societies and cultures”.

Read the full article here. (Paywall)