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.
How do the major parties’ education commitments stack up?
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.
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.
Vocational education and training can help increase workforce participation by offering opportunities to disadvantaged groups, including women and people from rural communities.
VET needs a new set of priorities and operating principles that are fit for the future.
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Spending on vocational education has declined.
While spending has grown for preschools, schools and universities, vocational education misses out.
Vocational education plays a role in providing opportunities for low-achieving school students to engage further in study and get a job.
Vocational Education and Training helps low school achievers up skill and avoid disadvantage in the workplace.
Some 478 courses, including one in hairdressing creative leadership, will not be subsidised from 2017.
The government is right to cut back on funding certain VET courses that have low-enrolment rates and are unlikely to lead to work.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham is leading a redesign of the vocational education loans scheme.
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.
Simon Birmingham said all private education institutions would have to apply to be eligible for the new program.
A crackdown on the widely rorted vocational education and training student loan program aims to reduce outstanding HELP debt.
Improved funding will provide better opportunities for students.
An independent authority should control the tertiary funding system in Australia in order to best implement policy objectives.
For young people leaving school without completing Year 12, a VET qualification is the main way they can continue their education.
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.
In 2015, one in five Australians aged between 16 and 24 spent at least a year out of employment, education or training.
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.
Labor said they would establish Commonwealth Institutes of Higher Education at ten sites across Australia.
Labor's policy essentially creates a new layer of tertiary education that would involve universities and TAFE Institutes working together to deliver associate degrees and advanced diplomas.
A cap is a sensible option, but it must form part of a total redesign of the VET financing system.
Loan caps are only a partial solution to a much bigger problem – declining public investment in VET and a dysfunctional VET financing system, which neither side of politics has been willing to address.