Examines the Vocational Education and Training sector, the context in which it operates and the implications this has for workforce composition and development.
The Productivity Commission has been asked by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG), through the Australian Government, to undertake a study of the workforces in the Vocational Education and Training (VET), Early Childhood Development (ECD) and schools sectors.
This draft report on the VET workforce is the first from this suite of studies. In particular, the Commission was required to consider the demand for and supply of VET workers, workforce composition and workforce planning among other factors of significance.
Although this is primarily a study of the VET workforce, the Commission has also considered the context in which the VET sector operates and the implications this has for workforce composition and development. This focus on the workforce is well placed because, in a high-skilled and labour intensive activity such as education and training, the overall quality of the service is dependent on the availability and quality of those delivering the service.
This draft report was released on 30 November 2010. You are invited to examine this draft and provide written comments to the Productivity Commission.
Written comments should reach the Commission by Monday 28 February 2011.