Scene Set For Progress
The Tertiary Education Advisory Commission’s (TEAC) third and penultimate report sets the scene for a better
co-ordinated tertiary sector.
“This report treats the tertiary system as a system, rather than as a collection of disparate components,” said Paul
Williams, Executive Director of the Industry Training Federation (ITF).
The report identifies four areas of particular focus and recommends a ‘desirability test’ for assessing whether or not
government funds tertiary activities (including programmes, institutions, and Industry Training Organisations).
“The focus on outcomes, rather than on inputs, is particularly positive. Industry Training is subject to performance
measurement and can therefore demonstrate efficiency and effectiveness – this should be true across the entire
spectrum,” he said.
“The report’s emphasis on quality is also welcomed. Quality is important in all areas of education and training and
should be measured using a range of indicators – from research output through to labour market outcomes,” said Mr
The government is now consulting on this report and TEAC is preparing its fourth and final report dealing with
implementation and funding.
For further information contact Paul Williams (021) 708 510