The pandemic has hit young people very hard. The long-term costs of having them neither studying nor working more than justify investment in a national program to help them enter the workforce.
There is a growing mismatch between what education and training provide and the skills needed in workplaces being reshaped by the digital economy. Advanced apprenticeships can help close the gap.
The Australian government's JobTrainer programs provides A$1.5 billion in wage support for apprentices and trainees.
Education should equip people not just with specific skills, but also with the knowledge they need to be citizens, and for occupations in which they can develop across the course of their lives.
The Productivity Commission has released a report of its review of a national agreement on the skills workforce and the VET sector.
Reforms in 2014 were similarly aimed at making VET more responsive to industry needs and cutting red tape, all the while pulling funding from VET.
There are five transitions young people aged 16-25 make between school and employment. Most involve some vocational education and training. Some involve university and others no education at all.
There is a significant gap between teenagers' career knowledge and choices, and the reality of the rapidly changing nature of work.
The disastrous experience of vocational education and training in Australia holds many lessons about trying to fit education into a for-profit market model.
Market forces don't work well in education. For-profit businesses are more tempted to exploit loopholes than provide quality service.
Students in the electrical program at H.C. Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden, Connecticut practice their skills.
Connecticut Technical Education and Career System
Students who get admitted to Connecticut's career and technical education high schools are more likely to graduate and earn significantly more than peers who barely missed the cut.
Once qualified, men who did a popular engineering-related VET course often worked in high-paid fields such as construction or manufacturing.
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.
Most Indigenous art works are produced in around 90 Indigenous art centres located in very remote regions of Australia.
Most Indigenous art works are produced in around 90 Indigenous art centres located in very remote regions. But there are staff and management issues, which can be solved by better VET programs.
We’re entering the fourth industrial revolution, which isn’t a bad thing. But it does mean we need to take action.
Training providers and employers aren't adapting fast enough to meet the skill needs thrown up by the fourth industrial revolution.
The VET sector is struggling to keep up with the rapid changes in industry.
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.
When professionals, like pharmacists, are able to communicate in many languages, everyone benefits.
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Vocation specific language courses can encourage both linguistic and cultural awareness. They can equip students with the basics they need to communicate.
Trade apprenticeships are male-dominated and already have a high level of support.
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.
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivering the 2019 State of the Nation Address.
Education remains one of government's key priority sectors yet it continues to be in a crisis.
The vocational education sector has an important role to play in social inclusion of disadvantaged groups in learning and work.
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 quality is key in getting a good education.
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.
If we don’t respect plumbing as an occupation, how will we respect the system that trains plumbers?
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.