Employers Rank Independent Sector #1

Date —

06 Nov 2019

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The latest data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows that it’s independent providers that rank the highest when it comes to employer satisfaction, underpinning the established reputation of the independent vocational education and training (VET) sector as a provider of choice for Australian business.

Key Issues —

NCVER has assessed employers’ use and views of the VET system in the context of the various ways employers use the VET system to meet their skill needs and their satisfaction with the training. The latest data for 2019 shows that independent providers rank higher than the public TAFE system when it comes to key metrics associated with employer satisfaction.

Australia’s independent VET sector includes private (for-profit) providers and the training operations of industry associations and professional bodies. It’s therefore helpful that the NCVER data has assessed the performance of these provide types, along with public TAFE colleges and universities.

A key insight in the report is the training provider to employers with apprentices and trainees which is as follows:

Relevance of skills taught 

  • Independent private training provider 85.3%
  • Independent trade / professional association 98.9%
  • TAFE 76.6%

Trainers’ knowledge and experience of the industry 

  • Independent private training provider 88.9%
  • Independent trade / professional association 88.9%
  • TAFE 80.5%

Standard of assessment 

  • Independent private training provider 85.4%
  • Independent trade / professional association 92.4%
  • TAFE 78.2%

Flexibility of provider in meeting the business’ needs 

  • Independent private training provider 84.3%
  • Independent trade / professional association 91.5%
  • TAFE 75.0%

Condition of equipment and facilities 

  • Independent private training provider 89.2%
  • Independent trade / professional association 84.9%
  • TAFE 86.1%

Cost-effectiveness of the training 

  • Independent private training provider 81.5%
  • Independent trade / professional association 84.5%
  • TAFE 81.5%

Overall satisfaction 

  • Independent private training provider 85.6%
  • Independent trade / professional association 90.0%
  • TAFE 77.4%

Report in full

The survey data also looked at employers’ satisfaction with nationally-recognised training with independent private training providers (81.5%) and independent trade / professional association providers (87.5%) achieving better outcomes that the public TAFE system (77.1%).

The results are significant in the context of the important role that independent providers play in supporting some 70% of the 4.1 million students in the VET system, including 58% of students undertaking a VET Diploma, 64% of students undertaking a Certificate IV and 58% of students undertaking a Certificate III.

Overall, the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) believes that the data highlights the high level of satisfaction that employers have with VET sector providers, whether they be quality independent providers or the public TAFE sector.

Member Engagement —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Vocational Education Reference Committee.


Further Information —

For more information on this issue please send an email to vocational.education@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter @ITECAust or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ITECAust.

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