A new report that reviews the views of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) on some key aspects to the success of the VET in schools program highlights that the key to success is engaged school leadership and that duplicative reporting requirements present some challenges.
Key Issues —
The strength of Australia’s vocational education and training system is its demonstrated capacity to provide students with the skills that equip them for a career. The VET in schools program is an innovative extension of this which allows school students to undertake VET courses, thereby making a start on training for a career before they leave school.
The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) surveyed VET in school providers to provide policy makers with an understanding, from the perspective of Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), on what contributes to the successful delivery of the program and what creates challenges.
The 2020 ITECA VET In Schools Report – Tertiary Education Provider Views: Challenges & Contributions To Success has been published. Key findings include:
VET In Schools – RTO Provider Views On Success & Challenges
School Leadership: Engaged secondary school leadership was viewed by RTOs as a strong contributor to the success of the VET In Schools program. In this context, it was unsurprising that a disengaged school leadership represented a challenge to program delivery.
Type of Study: Of interest was the number of comments that indicated school leadership had a preference for secondary school graduates transitioning to higher education rather than vocational education and training. These comments suggest that this moderates the support for the VET in school program.
The report can be downloaded from the link below and also includes some summary VET in schools enrolment data. It shows there are around 235,800 students in the VET in schools program across the nation.
This brief assessment of RTO views highlights the importance of engaged school leadership for the successful delivery of the VET in schools program. It would suggest that the merits of vocational education and training, and its validity as an alternative to higher education, need to be more fully understood across the school community as a pathway to a career.
“For many, the VET in schools program is likely to be their first experience of vocational education and training, so we want it to be a positive experience for students,” said Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive.
ITECA builds collaborative relationships across independent RTOs, state / territory governments, schools and employer groups to ensure that students the best opportunities that the VET in schools program can deliver.
Getting Involved —
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 & Training Reference Group. ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.
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