Vocational education and training

Education and training

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.

The best of both worlds? Integrating VET and higher education

There is renewed interest in better aligning vocational education and training and higher education to enable students to move between, and draw from, both sectors. This is not a new concept, with a long history of policies, research projects and reports examining and promoting pathways...
Briefing paper

Issues in apprenticeships and traineeships – a research synthesis

The aim of this synthesis piece is to provide an overview of some aspects of apprenticeships and traineeships in Australia. In particular, the synthesis brings together research and data on what could be considered five enduring issues.

State of the social sciences 2021

Social sciences are the fields of research on, and knowledge about, society. They are deeply connected and embedded in our social systems and structures. This publication provides a compact guide to the trends, challenges and opportunities impacting Australian social science, to facilitate system-wide planning for...

Attracting industry experts to become VET practitioners: a journey, not a destination

There is general consensus that the Australian VET sector faces a number of workforce issues, including the ageing of VET teachers, the high level of casualisation, industry currency and the need to increase the capacity of trainers. Through interviews and surveys with registered training organisations...

Skills utilisation in the workplace: the other side of the coin

This report investigates skill underutilisation in Australian workers by examining patterns of over-skilling and over-qualification and the pathways of people into jobs where they are over-skilled. It also examines what businesses are doing, if anything, to maximise skill usage.

40 years of NCVER 1981-2021

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) celebrates 40 years of operation on 2 November 2021. To commemorate this major milestone, this publication briefly outlines its history, including a chronology of key NCVER events over the past forty years.

Prevalence and outcomes of workplace-based delivery in VET

This publication reviews the current trends in how workplace-based delivery of training is distributed, including where entire programs are delivered in this way. Additionally, data from the Student Outcomes Survey was used to model the effect of a student receiving workplace-based delivery on employment and...

VET for secondary school students: insights and outcomes

This research examines the merits of vocational education and training (VET) for secondary school students (VfSSS) in preparing students for work or further training from the perspectives of students, parents, industry stakeholders and employers. It also explores the models of provision used in government and...

Review of employment-based training models

Employment-based training (EBT) is training for paid employees within a work setting, related to their role, and provided or supported by employers. This report explores alternative approaches to employment-based training—cadetships and internships, higher apprenticeships, and on-the-job structured training such as mentoring—and their implications for VET...