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The Importance of Vocational Education For International Students

The Importance of Vocational Education For International Students
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The Vocational Education and Training (VET) industry in Australia is a very important one for a number of reasons.

One of these crucial reasons is the role the VET sector plays in the provision of education and employment opportunities to disadvantaged groups including international students.

However, the availability of proper funding and other resources remains a key factor to achieve the desired outcomes in this industry for this group of people.

This way, the idea of social inclusion will continue to be a possibility within the Australian society.

The availability of proper funding and other resources remains a key factor to achieve the desired outcomes in this industry for this group of people.

The importance of Vocational Education

The Kangan report which was commissioned in 1974 laid emphasis on the importance of the vocational sector and the need for the education and social inclusion in the work environment.

Over the course of time, more emphasis has been rightly placed on providing employment opportunities to people.

This does not lessen the importance of social inclusion and the role it plays in the society as it not only allows disadvantaged groups to have the ability to work but also to have a say.

As a result, it is important that VET providers are offering courses and learning environments that support the provision of these employment opportunities for their graduates.

This is the reason why vocational education providers should have a strong partnership with industries to enable the achievement of this goal.

Courses offered by TAFE and VET providers play a crucial role in making this a reality in the education sector.

Especially when the courses often seem to be expensive and requiring time dedication to studies, which could be a challenge to international students that need to work at the same time.

Disadvantaged persons include:

  • persons with a disability
  • persons from culturally or diverse or non-English speaking backgrounds
  • women
  • persons from a family with low socioeconomic status
  • indigenous students
  • persons from remote locations

A disadvantaged person is defined to be a person needing extra support in the area of education or work as a result of personal and family situations.

With the right support and funding, VET providers are able to help disadvantaged groups to achieve their goals.

“A disadvantaged person is defined to be a person needing extra support in the area of education or work as a result of personal and family situations.”

What VET Providers Need to do

For the support of disadvantaged groups to be successful, there needs to be an institution-wide commitment to it.  

This means the VET provider should have in place and implement some initiatives such as making provision for learning support and the use of more experienced staff to help with high-need students.

There is also a need to build a strong and strategic relationship with employers and other agencies within the community using the right amount of resources.

These relationships will help VET providers to have a better understanding of the community and be able to tailor the learning outcomes for their students and provide them with the right support.

The VET provider should be able to ensure that different people in the disadvantaged groups get the right kind of support that will meet their specific needs.

This includes providing extra support in the area of numeracy and literacy especially from those from a culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

VET providers also need to put strategies in place that support the retention and completion of their disadvantaged student groups.

This means implementing practices that encourage this group of students to remain engaged and complete their VEY courses.

For example, VET providers can utilise wellbeing strategies to achieve this goal. In this case, they use strategies including providing counselling, housing and transport support.

Other wellbeing strategies include:

  • Aboriginal support officer
  • individualised one-on-one support
  • coaching and mentoring/case management
  • disability officers working with staff and students; includes staff professional
  • development and training
  • provision of transport
  • provision of a range of wrap-around services to remove barriers, such as access to
  • programs that provide financial assistance for travel, accommodation and meals while
  • away from home for study
  • provision of counselling support with learning issues, and with fees and pastoral care
  • specialised and individual support coaching/mentoring
  • provision of student lunches for social connection, ongoing use of trainers who have built
  • a rapport with the students (very important) and an Indigenous liaison officer on site.

VET providers also need to put strategies in place that support the retention and completion of their disadvantaged student groups.

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