Concerns for TAFE SA following MOU sell out

The Australian Education Union (SA Branch) has raised serious concerns over today’s announcement by Minister Gardner regarding the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between TAFE SA and the Independent Tertiary Education Council of Australia (ITECA).

The agreement opens the door to private providers taking up residence at TAFE sites, directing policy and cherry picking the delivery of profitable courses.

ITECA is open about actively pursuing its reform agenda by increasing its private provider members’ share of the vocational education and training sector.

Australian Education Union South Australian President Howard Spreadbury is wary of how TAFE SA and ITECA will work together under this new agreement.

“The two organisations are in direct competition within the same market. Minister Gardner’s statement confirms he will allow private providers to further erode TAFE’s market share, compromise its independence and allow ITECA to push its own agenda,” said Mr Spreadbury.

Instead the AEU is calling for the Marshall Liberal Government to recognise the value of TAFE SA and to return appropriate investment levels, suggesting this would be a more effective way to make it more competitive and sustainable in the long term.

“TAFE SA is the largest provider of vocational education and training in the state and must be valued for its place within the community. TAFE SA provides quality education that is accessible to all, offering pathways for many who may otherwise miss out on opportunities.”

The AEU asserts that TAFE SA is already responsive to the needs of employers and works with industry groups to deliver quality training to build a skilled and sustainable workforce for South Australia.

There are concerns about how TAFE SA facilities may be used in the future. It may end up being more ‘competitive’ for TAFE SA under its new management to lease out its facilities rather than provide courses for students.

“It is like having a ‘fire sale’ after the place has been gutted. Instead of supporting and investing in TAFE SA, the Marshall Government is surrendering its responsibility and handing it over to private providers who are driven by profit,” said Mr Spreadbury.

“Letting private providers access taxpayer-funded facilities and set up in direct competition on TAFE SA’s own doorstep has the potential to undermine TAFE program delivery.”

/Public Release.

Australia’s VET system set to shape our future workforce

The Morrison Government’s renewed commitment to the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector will make it central to shaping Australia’s workforce for the future.

Speaking at the 28th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference today, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator Michaelia Cash, said she would lift the profile of Australia’s VET sector and aim to make it the first choice in post-school learning for millions of Australians.

“It is a valuable career choice for many Australians and should not be seen as being something less important than a university degree,” Minister Cash said.

More than 4 million people undertook vocational education and training in 2017. At the end of last year, there were more than a quarter of a million apprentices and trainees.

“We know that people with VET qualifications are highly regarded and sought after by employers, but we need more people to choose VET as their path to success,” Minister Cash said.

“The Morrison Government already has in place a number of programs and tools designed to increase the profile of the sector and encourage more Australians to choose a VET qualification.

“These programs will be especially important because, as our economy evolves and our workforce changes, VET will be the way we train and re-train the workforce of the future.

Minister Cash also delivered a message to education providers of the VET sector that more cooperation with industry was required to create better outcomes for students.

“Employers look to vocationally trained workers because of their suitability in skills and experience. Australia’s VET system must better connect with industry, respond to community needs, and have clear, consistent funding.

And with the growth in the VET sector, Minister Cash said there was always room for improvements.

“The sector still bears some of the scars of Labor’s mismanagement of bad student loans, underfunded courses, quality issues and the diminishing of TAFE.

“It is this Government’s promise to continue the hard work of reforming the sector, providing better quality courses, and better outcomes for trainees and employers.”

The Australian Government’s $525 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package announced in the April Budget will also ensure that the sector can help supply Australia’s future workforce.

The package provides every Australian with the opportunity to grow the skills needed to succeed in an evolving workforce and, concurrently offers employers a pipeline of qualified workers they need to grow and prosper.

Minister Cash said the package reflects the Morrison Government’s commitment to growing the number of new apprenticeships.

“Under our landmark skills package, up to 80,000 additional apprenticeships will be created over the next five years in priority skill shortage areas, assisted by new apprenticeship incentives. Youth unemployment will be targeted with an offering of 400 scholarships in regional Australia to the value of $8 million.

“The Government is committed to creating more than 1.25 million jobs over the next five years and I’m confident that more and more of the people filling these positions will be coming to employers through the VET system,” Minister Cash said.

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Minister praises vocational study over uni

Michaelia Cash
Minister Michaelia Cash hopes to raise the profile of the vocational education and training sector. (AAP)

Skills and Employment Minister Michaelia Cash wants Australian students to choose vocational training over university study when they finish school.

The federal government hopes Australian students will put their hands up for vocational education over university study.

Skills Minister Michaelia Cash will on Thursday address the vocational education and training sector at a conference in Adelaide, outlining the Morrison government’s aims for the field.

Senator Cash hopes to raise the profile of the sector to ensure it’s the first pick for students choosing their next steps after high school.

“It is a valuable career choice for many Australians and should not be seen as being something less important than a university degree,” she will say.

“We know that people with VET qualifications are highly regarded and sought after by employers, but we need more people to choose VET as their path to success.”

Senator Cash will also urge education providers to work closer with industry to ensure students receive better training.

“Employers look to vocationally trained workers because of their suitability in skills and experience,” she will say.

“Australia’s VET system must better connect with industry, respond to community needs and have clear, consistent funding.”

There were more than 250,000 apprentices and trainees at the end of last year, while more than four million Australians undertook vocational education and training in 2017.

Under the Morrison government’s $525 million plan, up to 80,000 extra apprenticeships will be created over the next five years in areas with skills shortages.

Youth unemployment in regional Australia will also be combated, with 400 scholarships on offer to the value of $8 million.

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ASQA To Give More Provider Support

Summary —

The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has received advice that the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) to provide more information and guidance to Registered Training Organisations as to how it conducts its regulatory activities in order to improve ongoing understanding of and compliance.

Key Issues —

The Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System commissioned by the Australian Government reviewed the work of ASQA and made several recommendations concerning the regulator’s activities. ITECA has received advice from the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Sen. Hon Michaelia Cash, that a key recommendation concerning ASQA’s engagement with industry has been accepted.

The decision means that ASQA will be required to provide greater information and guidance to RTOs as to how it conducts its regulatory activities in order to improve ongoing understanding of and compliance with the regulatory requirements. The intended outcome is to reduce the cost and compliance burden to RTOs, something welcomed by ITECA.

During consultations undertaken to support the review, ITECA and key stakeholders were supportive, in-principle of ASQA as the national regulator for the VET sector. Across the sector there was a view that a single consistent national regulator is important for improving the reputation of, and confidence in, the vocational education sector. This was driven by an understanding that students and employers should be able to expect all RTOs meet the same standards across Australia.

The Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System noted with concern the quite surprising high levels of disquiet in the provider community about the way ASQA currently conducts its regulatory activity. Although there was an expectation that there is always some tension to be expected between the regulator and the regulated, the review concluded that the issues expressed in this case go beyond that sort of healthy tension.

ITECA supports the observation in the review that many providers worry whether ASQA will treat them fairly and reasonably during the audit process. Similarly, ITECA shares the conclusion in the review that providers have little understanding of the approach ASQA will take when it comes time for their next audit.

The Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System received advice that there was limited proactive engagement and guidance by ASQA and this left RTOs confused and worried about meeting requirements. Although ASQA’s regulatory standards are publicly available and the regulatory engages with the sector through regular newsletters, there is a feeling that the standards are difficult to understand and difficult to act on. Of some interest is that the Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System found the lack of information unsurprising. ASQA made it clear to the Review that it does not see its role as providing additional guidance and education to RTOs on its auditing process and compliance. It sees itself as purely a regulator and doesn’t believe it is funded to perform guidance and education functions.

The Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System determined that it is crucially important that guidance is provided by regulators to the regulated. The report commented that a measure of a good regulator is not so much who it catches out as ensuring that the whole regulated community is operating confidently and effectively within the regulations set by the governing jurisdiction.

Recommendation 3.2 of the Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System was that ASQA “to provide more information and guidance to Registered Training Organisations as to how it conducts its regulatory activities in order to improve ongoing understanding of and compliance with the Australian Skills Quality Authority requirements, and to reduce the cost and compliance burden to Registered Training Organisations”. This recommendation has been accepted by the Australian Government, a decision backed without qualification by ITECA.

ITECA is actively working with Minister Cash and the leadership of the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business on the implementation of the review to ensure that the experience and views of the ITECA membership are taken into account as the recommendations are implemented.

Member Engagement:

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Vocational Education Reference Committee.

Further Information:

For more information on this issue please send an email to vocational.education@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017. Stay up to date via Twitter @ITECAust or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ITECAust.

SourceAAP:https://www.iteca.edu.au/ITECA/Content/News/News_Archive/20190626_ASQA_To_Give_More_Provider_Support.aspx

The government keeps talking about revamping VET – but is it actually doing it?

The vocational education and training (VET) sector is integral to Australia’s economy and the businesses and workforce that underpin it. The sector provides skills to 4.2 million students at 4,200 registered training providers.

This is important because, as the World Economic Forum highlights, access to skilled workers is a key factor that distinguishes successful enterprises from unsuccessful ones. But many Australian employers are unhappy with the VET system – employer satisfaction is the lowest it’s been in the decade.

The rise of the digital economy and the fourth industrial revolution are predicted to cause major job disruptions. In essence, industry needs are changing rapidly and the VET sector isn’t keeping up. And there are ongoing concerns about the quality of the sector itself, after the rise of some dodgy private organisations offering questionable qualifications.

In November 2018, the federal government appointed former New Zealand skills minister Steven Joyce to lead a once-in-a-generation review of VET. The Coalition government based many of its pre-election announcements on some recommendations of this review (now known as the Joyce review), which were released in April 2019.

So, what did Joyce recommend and is the government actually heeding the advice?

What did Joyce recommend?

The Joyce review details 71 recommendations. These form the basis of a six-point plan to transform VET so it can provide students with skills that reflect the needs of employers.

The plan centres on:

  • strengthening quality assurance
  • speeding up qualification development
  • simplifying funding and skills matching
  • providing better careers information
  • providing clearer secondary school pathways into VET
  • providing greater access for disadvantaged Australians.

The Joyce review noted it might take five to six years to act on many of the recommendations. In the interim, the report advised moving early on recommendations that would address the declining confidence in the sector. These early steps are:

  1. bringing forward reforms to strengthen the Australian Skills Quality Authority – the national VET regulator
  2. piloting a new business-led model of organising skills for qualification development, and extending work-based VET further into less traditional areas, such as assistant professional jobs in health care or high-tech industries
  3. establishing a national skills commission, which would start working with the states and territories to develop a nationally consistent funding model based on shared needs
  4. revamping apprenticeship incentives to increase their attractiveness to employers and trainees
  5. establishing a national careers institute, which would provide better careers information to students
  6. introducing new vocational pathways into senior secondary schools to create a more seamless transition from Year 11 and 12 into VET courses
  7. providing new support for second-chance learners needing foundation language, literacy, numeracy and digital skills.
  8. Is the government doing it?

    The federal government agreed to implement most of the early action recommendations. It committed A$525 million to the Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow package. But it has a looser interpretation of how early these should be put in place.

    Only two of the six early actions identified by the Joyce review were budgeted for in 2019-2020: the establishment of a national skills commission and a national careers institute. Some actions, such as 40% of the funding for a new apprenticeship initiative, or A$108 million, are only planned to be resourced as late as the 2023-24 budget.

    The review’s recommendations mainly focused on the slow process of creating and updating qualifications. This is good, but it could be argued the review didn’t directly address the needs articulated by various industry groups.

    These included calls for more collaboration between the VET and university sectors. Then there was the Business Council of Australia’s appeal for a single market platform and funding model for the two sectors to enable workers to more easily retrain and reskill over their lives.

    However, the review agrees with industry that “change will take time”. It will require the federal government to “work with the states and territories” but also, as the Productivity Commission noted, the changes will need to be “piloted and evaluated by willing industries”.

    Some creative partnerships

    Some states and territories have already started experimenting with a small number of players in the VET sector to overcome industry concerns. There is Rio Tinto’s collaboration with Western Australia’s South Metropolitan TAFE to develop an autonomous vehicle qualification. And Blockchain Collective’s development of an Advanced Diploma of Applied Blockchain).

    Other significant experiments include the New South Wales government’s Sydney School of Entrepreneurship between TAFE NSW, universities and industry, and the Factory of the Future between the Victorian government, Swinburne University and Siemens.

    These green shoots point to a willingness in governments, industry and broader VET stakeholders to take the initiative to work together and experiment. We believe this will help overcome the inertia in making changes to the VET sector, and better meet the future needs of employers and students.

    SourceAAP:theconversation.com

National Monday Update Edition 793, 27 May 2019

ITECA To Shape The Future Of Independent Tertiary Education
National Monday Update – 27 May 2019
Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive

With the support of members, government and stakeholders across the business community, the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has established itself as the peak body representing the independent tertiary education system.

The transition from the former Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) to ITECA was a considered one. It reflects a growing understanding about the benefits that will flow from an integrated tertiary education system where the higher education and vocational education sectors enjoy a symbiotic relationship, retaining their separate identities within one tertiary education system.

ITECA’s membership includes independent higher education, vocational education and training providers that share a commitment to providing students and their employers with the quality outcomes they are looking for. These providers come together as two key divisions within ITECA, these being:

  • ITECA Higher Education Network
  • ITECA Vocational Education & Training Network

To find out more about these member networks, the priorities before ITECA and the opportunity to get involved, be sure to attend one of the functions being held throughout Australia to celebrate the launch of ITECA. These are great networking opportunities affording you the chance to catch-up with colleagues from across the sector. Register online today:

  • Sydney, 17 June 2019 [Register Now]
  • Brisbane, 18 June 2019 [Register Now]
  • Darwin, 19 June 2019 [Register Now]
  • Perth, 24 June 2019 [Register Now]
  • Adelaide, 25 June 2019 [Register Now]
  • Melbourne, 26 June 2019 [Register Now]

The transition to ITECA brings a strong member-centric focus in which the leadership role that we take in shaping the national policy debate is clearly set by our members. Through new ITECA Sector Interest Groups, we’re introducing our members to the issues and people that are influencing the direction of the independent tertiary education system and the courses they offer.

The 2019-21 ITECA Strategic Plan, developed by the ITECA Board after member consultation, sets a clear path in which members are able to play an increasing role in our policy advocacy activities. The advice and guidance that we receive from members is used by our Canberra-based policy team, augmented by staff in the states and territories and is used to provide government with evidence-based policy solutions.

ITECA’s members are united, informed and influential – it’s a great time to be involved.

Troy Williams FIML MIACD

ITECA Chief Executive

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The top skills needed to stay competitive in a rapidly changing workforce

For those looking to secure work in a fluctuating environment, the outlook has never been as varied. Discover the tops skills needed to stay competitive.

We’re living in an era of constant change. For those looking to secure work in this fluctuating environment, the outlook has never been as varied as it is today. From flexible work arrangements to crowdsourced workers, freelancers and contractors, professional life looks very different from what it did 10 years ago.

On top of changing work conditions, the types of jobs are also changing. According to a recent report from the CEDA (Committee for Economic Development of Australia), more than five million current Australian jobs are likely to disappear in the next 10 to 15 years.

To stay in demand, workers across all professions will need to develop a distinct set of skills to set them apart from the competition. To thrive in a market that’s defined by change and rooted in the application of soft skills, workers will also need to embrace a positive attitude towards life-long learning.

Tracking trends in a changing workforce

According to CEDA’s 2015 Australia’s Future Workforce report, the next stage of the industrial revolution promises to radically reshape the workforce of tomorrow. Current and emerging trends already indicate some of the ways the workforce environment is shifting.

Technology feels more like a colleague

Machines are constantly getting smarter and more ubiquitous. By 2027, it’s predicted that companies will start to rely more on smart machines, apps and avatars to complete both complex and automated tasks. While technology will likely replace some elements of the traditional workforce, more complicated reasoning and problem-solving is still likely to remain a human skill for decades to come.

Traditional management is regressing  

The traditional reporting structure will be replaced by different philosophies of working. Large, top-down structures are starting to be supplemented with smaller, more autonomous teams. Workers are increasingly drawn to fluid environments built on trust and motivated by assignments shared amongst teammates.

Upskilling is becoming as important as experience

A fast-paced economy demands new ideas and skills to match it. Employees at the centre of this changing workforce atmosphere are sought-after for their ability and willingness to learn, as well as their experience and tenure.

Top skills for the future job market

Along with an expected set of professional and specialist skills, workers of the future will also be expected to master other skills to remain competitive in a rapidly changing workforce.

Be flexible and adaptable

New technologies, pathways and opportunities are being introduced constantly. Whether it’s a shift in organisational structure, the introduction of an updated strategy, or integration of new technology, workers will need to embrace the frequency and diversity of change to remain at the front of the pack.

Specialise your skills to a niche industry

While developing broad skills according to a specific career path will still be valued, the more you can specialise your skills, the more likely you are to be in demand. By honing in on a niche industry, workers are able to dominate many unexplored markets, potentially leading the way towards new jobs that haven’t existed before.

Become an expert in your field

By becoming an expert in your chosen field, you’re separating and elevating yourself from the rest of those vying for work in the same industry. Building expert skills will also strengthen your aptitude for predicting a change in your industry, a vital skill in a fluid and changing workforce.

Continuously enhance your communication skills

Communication skills are the backbone of just about every profession. According to a 2015 Deloitte survey, over 450 business managers and executives in the Western Sydney area found that the overwhelming majority of businesses cite communication skills as one of the most vital skills for applicants to have. Workers who endeavour to continually improve their communication skills will have an instant advantage over those who let them slip.

Be a team player and team leader

Teamwork is at the heart of any successful collaboration. In a changing workforce, being able to bring people together is of critical importance. Those workers who are reliable team players and are capable of better connecting with those around them are highly sought-after across a suite of industries.

Be a leader

As the traditional notion of management shifts, managers and leaders of the future will need to understand what team members want from their work, how to engage them based on trust, and how to identify new solutions to emerging problems.

MBA graduates are properly trained to communicate effectively, operate strategically and steer innovation – all the skills leaders of the future will require.

Become technically, digitally literate

In an era where digital innovation reigns supreme, those workers who elect to prioritise their digital literacy will be well-versed in the language of the future. Digital literacy is also closely linked to a greater comprehension of data and its role in understanding the future of work.

Leading a changing workforce

Are you ready to elevate your career and take charge in a changing workforce? A Master of Business Administration (MBA) is an internationally recognised degree that can help you reach your potential, as well as your career goals.

SourceAAP:www.cmo.com.au

Tinkering at the edges but little reform for vocational sector

TAFE Directors Australia CEO Craig Robertson in Canberra.TAFE Directors Australia CEO Craig Robertson in Canberra.

The vocational sector will likely be subject to “tinkering at the edges” but enjoy little in the way of fundamental reform as the Morrison government moves ahead with elements of the Joyce review, which was released just before the election campaign began.

While two of the report’s 71 recommendations received funding in the April federal Budget, sector experts say there is a valid question as to how far the newly elected government will go with implementing the entirety of the report from former New Zealand education minister Steven Joyce.

“We are not clear whether the government has accepted all the recommendations or whether the budget announcements are the limit of what they intend to do,” said Craig Robertson, chief executive of TAFE Directors Australia.

One key recommendation is that the federal, state and territory governments “commit over time” to reducing the funding imbalances between qualification-based vocational education and higher education.

So far, the recommendations for a national skills commission and a national careers institute have received a prime ministerial thumbs up after the Joyce report was handed to Mr Morrison in March.

The skills commission is intended to co-ordinate approaches to the funding and resourcing of vocational education and training between federal and state governments. The careers institute, designed to be part of the skills commission, will provide better careers information to students.

Both initiatives have received mixed reactions from experts. The commission has been described as a ‘‘lite’’ version of the Australian National Skills Authority that was disbanded under the Howard government. It would need industry to come to the table to be effective, Mr Robertson said.

The careers institute might offer useful information but it will be using workforce planning and employment outlooks from the commission which have been historically proven to be “unreliable” and “invented to give astrology a good name”, according to Gavin Moodie, an adjunct professor of education at RMIT.

“(The predictions) will be as unreliable as every other central body’s employment projections,” Dr Moodie said.

However, there are serious questions about the government’s ability to deliver on its most prominent budget announcement — 80,000 new apprenticeships over four years via $8000 employer subsidies. Currently, apprenticeships make up just 20 per cent of vocational enrolments, with commencements at their lowest level since 1996.

“Even if we dramatically increase the number of apprenticeships, they will still be a minority of the system. The federal government needs a policy for all vocational education, not just apprenticeships,” said Leesa Wheelahan, the William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership at the University of Toronto.

Claire Field, a consultant to private vocational providers, said that in the past employer incentives had been more successful in driving traineeships than apprenticeships.

She said the predecessor Skilling Australians Fund had been criticised as being too narrowly focused on traditional apprenticeships while overlooking the fact that jobs growth was largely centred in services, such as aged and disability care.

Ms Field said that while she rated the Joyce review highly, there was little to suggest that private vocational providers would see any growth in domestic markets under the Morrison government and they would need to look to international students.

There are also questions about whether the Morrison government has any plans to revive the public TAFE sector which has been decimated in recent years by ad hoc, pro-market policies and rampant defunding.

“Unless the federal government recognises the value of TAFE as a key anchor institution of the communities they serve and funds it accordingly, public vocational education is in danger of being reduced to atomistic, just in time and just for now, narrow skills training,” said Professor Wheelahan. “This is exactly what Australia has done to its aged care system and to the job services network.”

John Pardy, an education expert from Monash University, said the Joyce review’s aim for national consistency would need to be built in ways that could balance competing industries and needs on local, state and national levels.

“The challenge in this pivot for consistency is that it does not descend into a series of piecemeal approaches longing for a coherent policy base.”

He said both the skills commission and careers institute might play a role in nationally co-ordinating policy and practice “however slight”.

SourceAAP:www.theaustralian.com.au

NCVER NEWS- International onshore VET graduate satisfaction remains high

International onshore VET graduate satisfaction remains high

New data reveals 84.5% of international onshore VET graduates were satisfied with the overall quality of their training.

International onshore VET graduate outcomes 2018 provides a summary of the outcomes of international students who completed their VET qualification in Australia in 2017.

The report uses data collected in mid-2018 via the National Student Outcomes Survey.

To learn more, view the infographic on our Portal.

Over 800 000 VET students to be surveyed
The 2019 National Student Outcomes Survey, Australia’s largest survey of VET students, is set to commence next week.

This year, over 800,000 people who completed training in 2018 will be contacted about their employment outcomes, training satisfaction, and their thoughts on the benefits and relevance of their training.

Eligible RTOs will again be able to access data as reported by their students.

Take advantage of our free kit to help promote the survey to your former students.


Back again: the ‘No Frills’ panel discussion

Yep, we’re bringing it back! ‘No Frills’ 2019 will once again feature a lively discussion from a panel of VET experts.

This year’s topic will be Lifelong learning: VET’s role now and into the future.

Will it be enough for our future workers to possess a single qualification or skill set? Where do employability skills fit into the mix?

Panellists to be announced shortly, so keep an eye on NCVER News for updates.

In the meantime, check out the rest of our comprehensive program and register now.


Apprentice and trainee experience and destinations survey

The Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destinations Survey, last conducted in 2010, commences next week.

The survey collects information on employment outcomes, satisfaction with training, reasons for non-completion, and on-the-job experiences of apprentices and trainees who completed or left their training in 2018.

A report on the results will be available on our Portal in late 2019.


WEBINAR: Exploring the importance of small VET providers

Join us as we discuss the important role small VET providers play in offering diversity, equity and specialised training services across the Australian VET sector.

Small providers contribute to VET system diversity via the niche qualifications they offer, which are often fee-for-service.

If you’d like to learn more before the webinar, download the research or view the infographic now.

When: Thurs 20 June 2019, 1.30-2.00pm ACST
Register: secure your place now


National Reconciliation Week: grounded in truth

This week we acknowledge National Reconciliation Week 2019 and the important role VET plays in closing the employment gap for Indigenous Australians.

Research shows VET is a preferred post-school learning pathway for Indigenous students, with figures showing a steady increase from 2005 to 2015 for participation in higher level qualifications.

This shift is a positive sign, as employment rates are greater for those who gain a Certificate III or higher.

For a comprehensive overview of Indigenous VET participation, completion and employment outcomes, view the infographic on our Portal.

You can also read our 2018 special edition of NCVER News, where we compiled a full run-down of research, facts and figures relating to Indigenous participation in VET.


Library and Information Week: 20-26 May 2019

Celebrate National Library and Information Week with VOCEDplus, as we highlight some of the resources and services provided by NCVER’s team of librarians:

  • VOCEDplus: is the free VET research database. More than half of the 80,000 publications in it are available online, including digitised copies of key historical documents.
  • VET Knowledge Bank: brings together Australian VET reference information and includes the VET glossary, timelines of VET milestones and policy initiatives, and landmark documents that have shaped the VET landscape.
  • Pod Network: a collection of themed pages containing topic-specific research and resources.
  • ‘Focus on’: these pages highlight topical issues in tertiary education, including summaries of recent research.
  • Reference and information services: where you can get your questions answered, get access to VOCEDplus publications not available online, and training on how to use the VOCEDplus database.

Follow @VOCEDplus for tips and updates from NCVER’s librarians.


Only 10 days left to apply!

The Australian Training Awards are the peak national awards for Australia’s VET sector. This year the awards will be held in Brisbane on Thursday 21 November 2019.

The awards recognise and reward individuals, businesses and registered training organisations for their contribution to skilling Australia.

Watch this video to find out more. Applications close Friday 31 May 2019.


Coming Soon

Stay tuned for the following new releases over the coming weeks:

  • Statistics: Apprentices and trainees 2018: December quarter

Keep an eye on Twitter and LinkedIn for more in-depth information on our latest releases, or subscribe to receive notifications on the day of release.


Upcoming Events

Conference: 28th National VET Research Conference ‘No Frills’
Wednesday 10 – Friday 12 July 2019, Adelaide

Conference: 22nd Annual AVETRA Conference
Monday 17 – Tuesday 18 June 2019, Sydney
Presenter: NCVER’s Tracy Gamlin will speak about VOCEDplus

Theme days and weeks
National Library and Information Week: 20-24 May 2019
National Volunteer’s Week: 20-26 May 2019
National Reconciliation Week: 27 May – 3 June 2019


SourceAAP:www.ncver.edu.au