Vocational education and training

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Education and training


Case study

Journeying through VET: a case study of foundation skills learners

Adult language, literacy, numeracy and digital skills, as well as employability skills, are often referred to as foundation skills—key ingredients that help people get a job and remain employed. This research explores the enrolment paths, program completions and employment and further study outcomes of learners...
Report

Navigating life's career transitions: essential support and services

This report explains the complexities and challenges of the career transitions Australians face and makes recommendations to ensure everyone builds a solid foundation in career management skills.
Discussion paper

VET’s role in transforming the future

In this discussion paper, the author explores how the VET sector transform the future by adapting to changing skill needs, helping learners to adapt and responding to unpredictable events.
Report

Learning and working in the digital age: advancing opportunities and identifying the risks

The rapid expansion of new technologies into every sector has contributed to the proliferation of alternative models of education, learning and skill signalling in global labour markets. This paper provides a high-level map of the landscape of education and labour market innovations in formal and...
Working paper

Is the workforce ready for the jobs of the future? Data-informed skills and training foresight

Technological and social change alter the required skill composition of the workforce. For many newly emerging jobs, precise skill requirements are evolving and unclear. This paper reports on how data can enable useful foresight about skill requirements and training needs, even when that data has...
Policy report

Building genuine trust: a framework and strategy for Indigenous STEM and cyber pathways

The authors of this paper propose that the Australian Defence organisation should enact a wider set of supporting measures—particularly in data and reporting to track professional development—that’s more likely to create more sustainable success that delivers organisational improvements and outcomes for Indigenous staff recruitment and...
Briefing paper

Unlocking the potential of Australian apprenticeships

In this paper, the authors explore the weaknesses of the current system and propose a new approach, based on international evidence, that can make a difference to opportunities for young Australians.
Report

VET for secondary school students: a research synthesis

The aim of this synthesis is to provide an overview of vocational education and training (VET) for secondary school students in Australia. The focus is on nationally recognised VET qualifications that contribute to a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.
Policy

Free education for life

This policy statement outlines The Greens' policy position on education in Australia.
Report

Fragmentation and photo-ops: the failures of Australian skills policy through COVID

This report offers a comprehensive review of vocational education and training (VET) in Australia, confirming Australia’s VET system shows growing signs of erosion, fragmentation and dysfunction. It asserts that several high-profile government announcements during the pandemic designed to address skilled labour shortages have not altered...
Report

Delivering high-quality VET: what matters to RTOs?

This report is the second part of a project investigating how the quality of delivery in vocational education and training (VET) in Australia is currently defined and measured, and how registered training organisations (RTOs) use and value measures of quality. The project also set out...
Report

VET as a re-engagement pathway for early school leavers

School non-completion and non-completers’ subsequent pathways into employment or back into education is an enduring issue for policy-makers in Australia. This report highlights the importance of providing career information, not only to young people, but also their parents/carers, before and after leaving school.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Richard Marles says there are 70,000 fewer apprentices and trainees than there were in 2013. Is that correct?

Deputy Labor leader, Richard Marles, claimed the Coalition government had overseen a fall of 70,000 apprentices and trainees. However, that fall was driven by a decline in trainees rather than combined trainees and apprentices, which was largely the result of changes made by the previous...
Report

The online delivery of VET during the COVID-19 pandemic: part 2

The coronavirus pandemic created unprecedented challenges for the vocational education and training (VET) sector. This report, the second of two, presents insights into the experiences of registered training organisations (RTOs) that transitioned to online delivery in response to the pandemic and describes how their experiences...
Policy report

Future-proofing adult learning systems in cities and regions: a policy manual for local governments

In the coming years, labour markets will face significant challenges. In this context, reskilling and upskilling of adults is an urgent priority for all. This policy manual presents a range of policy options and concrete actions that can inspire and guide work at the local...
Report

Upskilling and reskilling: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employers and their training choices

The challenge for the vocational education and training (VET) system in Australia will be to ensure that it continues to adapt and innovate its services in a responsive way - one that meets employer skill needs. The findings in this report indicate that a sizeable...
Report

Engaging more employers in nationally recognised training to develop their workforce

This report explores employer approaches to training their workforce through the use of nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) as opposed to other forms of training, with the aim of identifying strategies that encourage more employers to use nationally recognised training.
Report

Review of university-industry collaboration in teaching and learning: final report

This review report recommends short-term and long-term actions that government, higher education providers and industry can take to promote greater collaboration across the sector. It considers how to increase industry engagement in teaching and learning through improved course curricula, opportunities to combine work, study and...
Report

Trading up: free TAFE

TAFE is a greatly respected institution in Australia and is integral to the nation’s vocational education and training system. This report argues that free TAFE courses in identified areas of skill shortages is an economic reform that would help Australia build back stronger after the...
Strategy

Australian strategy for international education 2021-2030

The Australian government has released this strategy document and has also announced key initiatives supporting its implementation. As Australia's border reopens to international students, this strategy aims to rebuild the sector more sustainably, and create new opportunities for growth.