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Empowering Indigenous governance through vocational education and training

This report investigates the role that vocational education and training (VET) could play in Indigenous capacity building and community governance. Drawing on the research literature, focus groups, and case studies, it examines how Indigenous people conceptualise governance, the skills needed for participation in community and...
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Student outcomes 2006 - summary

This publication presents a summary of results from a national survey of students who undertook vocational education and training (VET) at technical and further education (TAFE) institutes or other government, private or community education providers during 2005. It reports on students' characteristics, employment outcomes and...
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Economic vulnerability in Australia, 2002-12: an employment perspective

Concerned with ways to characterise economic vulnerability in labour market regions (including metropolitan regions) that are susceptible to structural economic change, the authors look at five indicators of economic vulnerability which were developed to rank regions from the most to the least vulnerable. These are...
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Vocational education and training, health and wellbeing: Is there a relationship?

The relationship between education, including vocational education and training (VET), and measures of health and wellbeing is explored in this report. Previous research in the area indicates that the relationship is also influenced by intermediary variables such as income. This report uses the Household, Income...
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Geographical dimensions of social inclusion and VET in Australia: an overview

This paper provides a conceptual basis for a three-year (2011-13) research program exploring the capacity of individuals and groups to make transitions through learning, training and work across locations. Three research projects will examine how regional or community factors and social capital affect those transitions...
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Growing the desert: educational pathways for remote Indigenous people

This report examines Indigenous people's participation in vocational education and training (VET) and adult and community education (ACE) learning programs across Australia's desert regions. It provides statistical and descriptive information on desert settlements, infrastructure, service access, participation in VET, supply and demand, pathways to work...
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Mix or match? New Apprentices' learning styles and trainers' preferences for training in workplaces

Roger Harris, Michele Simons and John Bone show that the preferred workplace features of trainers and New Apprentices in manufacturing were quite different from those in retail and community services. The nature of work and industry shapes what is expected to support learning in any...
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Facilitating learning through effective teaching: at a glance

Teaching and learning styles in the vocational education and training sector have changed substantially over the last decade in response to changed national and international conditions. Peter Smith and Damian Blake describe these changes, which can basically be summarised as a shift from traditional teaching...
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What makes vocational training programs in schools work? A study of New South Wales and Queensland schools

Vocational education and training (VET) programs for young people in schools have significantly expanded over the past decade. Janet Porter investigates stakeholders’ views on school-based vocational programs in New South Wales and Queensland schools from 2000 to 2002, and examines the objectives and expected outcomes...
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Trading places: the impact and outcomes of market reform in vocational education and training

Damon Anderson evaluates, from a national perspective, the impact and outcomes of market reform in vocational education and training (VET), particularly the introduction of competitive tendering and ‘user choice’. He does so by examining the structure, composition and dynamics of contestable or ‘quasi-markets’, assessing the...