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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 to meet their skill needs and their satisfaction with the 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.

Also presented in this publication is information on employers’ use and satisfaction with unaccredited training, and recruitment difficulties experienced in the last 12 months.


  • 50.9% of employers used the VET system, down 3.5 percentage points from 2017
  • 34.2% of employers had jobs requiring vocational qualifications, down 3.0 percentage points from 2017
  • 23.2% of employers had apprentices and trainees, similar to 2017
  • 19.9% of employers used nationally recognised training (that was not part of an apprenticeship or traineeship), down 2.5 percentage points from 2017


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