In late 2019 the Australian Government invited the public to write submissions on:
- Co-designing the National Skills Commission
- Co-designing the National Careers Institute
- Senior Secondary Pathways into Work, Further Education and Training
My three submissions each made a case for dropping the use of ‘soft’ skills when it comes to skills terminology. Specifically material was provided about:
- The contested nature of skills discourse.
- The problematic nature of skills discourse and in particular the inaccurate and unhelpful nature of the technical/non-technical, and ‘soft’/’hard’ distinctions.
- The need for national leadership in using accurate, current, unbiased skills language.
- The problematic nature of pathways language and its negative influence on VET.
You can read these submissions via these links: