This publication presents information on employers’ use and views of the vocational education and training (VET) system. The findings relate to the various ways in which Australian employers use the VET system and unaccredited training to meet their skill needs, and their satisfaction with these methods of training. Australian employers can engage with the VET system in three main ways, by:

- having jobs that require vocational qualifications

- having apprentices and trainees

- using nationally recognised training

Information is also presented on employers’ views of the proficiency of their employees and whether they have experienced any recruitment difficulty.

The figures in this publication are derived from the Survey of Employer Use and Views of the VET System. A total of 8022 telephone interviews were conducted with Australian employers between February and May 2017 and the results relate to employers’ training experiences in the 12 months preceding their interview. Note for the purposes of this publication, nationally recognised training excludes training that was part of an apprenticeship or traineeship as employers use and views of apprentices and trainees is reported separately.

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