Students with lower ATARs generally have lower lifetime earnings. But a Grattan Institute report found low ATAR men could earn more doing a VET course than a bachelor degree in their chosen field.
In April 2019, the government-commissioned Joyce review made 71 recommendations to reform the VET sector. Here's what the report said, and what the government is doing about it.
Both major parties have promised more money to help boost apprenticeship numbers, including by providing incentives to employers. But history shows this isn't the best way to spend public dollars.
If you're confused about all the millions and billions thrown around for education by the two major parties, here's the low-down on what the policies actually mean.
VET’s role in employable skill development is critical. But we also need to strongly support the role VET plays in getting disadvantaged groups into education and work.
Teacher preparation has been identified as a key factor in the quality of education. To improve the quality of the VET sector, we need to ensure teachers and trainers are qualified to teach.
Many young Australians and their parents don't consider VET as a potential post-school pathway, even if it might be more suitable for them than university.
VET needs a new set of priorities and operating principles that are fit for the future.
Politics Podcast: Bill Ferris on Australia’s innovation mission.
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Innovation and Science Australia chair Bill Ferris launched a report this week setting out a plan that seeks to put Australia into the top tier of innovation nations by 2030.
We take a closer look at some of the common claims made this year to see if there is any truth to them.
Gonski funding was scrapped and the vocational education sector got a new student loan system. Here's what else happened in education this year...
While spending has grown for preschools, schools and universities, vocational education misses out.
Vocational Education and Training helps low school achievers up skill and avoid disadvantage in the workplace.
The government is right to cut back on funding certain VET courses that have low-enrolment rates and are unlikely to lead to work.
Diplomas of circus arts, fraud control, explosive ordinance manufacture, and sound and vibration therapy are among 478 courses that will be excluded from government funding.
A tussle between Attorney-General George Brandis and Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson intensified this week, and the outlook for their continued working relationship looks poor.
A crackdown on the widely rorted vocational education and training student loan program aims to reduce outstanding HELP debt.
An independent authority should control the tertiary funding system in Australia in order to best implement policy objectives.
New research shows private VET providers are ill-equipped to tackle the learning needs of vulnerable young people, who are increasingly being enrolled onto these training courses.
Working life is becoming more fluid, if not precarious. We need to look at how our education systems are preparing young people for a changing workplace.