The vocational education and training (VET) in schools program allows students to undertake VET programs as part of their senior secondary certificate of education. A new report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows participant numbers dropped by 8.3% in four years. There are currently 235,800 students undertaking a VET in schools program.
Key Issues —
The VET in Schools arrangement offers two main options: students can undertake school-based apprenticeships and traineeships or they can enrol in other VET subjects and courses as part of their school curriculum. Independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) play a large role in delivering training to these students.
The latest NCVER study outlines the number of VET in schools students, finding that in 2019 there were 235,800 VET in schools students. Of these, some 17,100 were school based apprentices and trainees, some 7.3% of all VET in schools students.
The number of students in 2019 increased by 2.2% compared to the previous year; however, over the previous four years the number of students decreased by 8.3%.
Between 2015 and 2019, the biggest drop in the number of VET in schools students was in New South Wales where the fall was 37.1%. Conversely, there was a 23.5% increase in the Northern Territory and a 22.7% increase in Queensland.
The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) is assessing the attitudes of independent RTOs with a report due in September 2020.
“The VET in schools program is an important part of the nation’s VET system; however, we receive reports from independent RTOS about a program where red-tape abounds. We need to better understand what these challenges are to help improve the outcomes for students,” said Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive.
The nation’s VET regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has recently announced that scrutiny of the VET in schools program will be a focus of its 2020-20 ASQA Regulatory Strategy .
Getting Involved —
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