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Forest and Forest Products Employment Skills Company Ltd, a national industry training advisory body.


See Further education.


Further Education and Training, a term used especially in South Africa for the vocational education and training (VET) sector.


Finance, Insurance and Business Services.


Forest Industries Training Board Ltd.


Food Industry Training Council.


See Flexible Learning Advisory Group.


Fiji National Training Council.


Freedom of Information.


Formal Training Assistance.

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See Full-Time Equivalent.


A person who helps students learn by discovering things for themselves.

Fee-for-service training

Training for which most, or all, of the cost is borne by the student or a person or organisation on behalf of the student.

Field of study

A hierarchical classification that describes the major subject matter of a course.

Field placement

See Work placement.


(Electronic classroom/Internet) A program that stops users from viewing websites that contain inappropriate information.

Finn Report

In full, Young People's Participation in Post-compulsory Education and Training. The report (published in 1991) of a review committee of the Australian Education Council, chaired by Brian Finn. The report proposed new national targets for participation and levels of attainment in post-compulsory education and training, recommended reform of entry-level training arrangements, and identified six key areas of competence essential for all young people in preparation for employment.

Flexible Learning Advisory Group

(FLAG) A strategically-focused group of senior vocational and educational training personnel who provide advice on national issues related to the directions and priorities for flexible learning in vocational education and training to a number of national bodies.

Flexible delivery

A range of approaches to providing education and training, giving learners greater choice of when, where and how they learn. Flexible delivery may involve distance education, mixed-mode delivery, online education, self-paced learning, self-directed learning, etc.

Flexible learning

The provision of a range of learning modes or methods, giving learners greater choice of when, where and how they learn. See also Flexible delivery.

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Formal education

(Also: formal training) Education or training provided in educational institutions such as schools, universities, colleges, etc. or off-the-job in a workplace, usually involving direction from a teacher or instructor.


(Electronic classroom/Internet) A space in which users can share messages and files with other students and staff members.

Framing the Future

Now known as Reframing The Future.

Frontline Management Initiative

(FMI) A training program in management skills and practices for frontline managers in a wide range of industries.

Full-Time Equivalent

(FTE) A teaching or study load expressed as a proportion of the normal full-time teaching or study load.

Full-time student

TAFE regards a normal full-time study load as a minimum of 11.5 hours per week over the teaching period for all courses.

Full-time worker

A person working all the normal working hours. The Australian Bureau of Statistics defines full-time workers as: Employed persons who usually worked 35 hours or more a week (in all jobs) and others who, although usually working less than 35 hours a week, worked 35 hours or more during the reference week. Source: ABS cat. no. 6203.0, Labour Force, Australia, August 1999, p.69.

Further Education

(FE) Post-secondary education, including higher education, adult education, and vocational education and training.

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