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Why An Australian Vocational Education Qualification Will Boost Your Employment Chances

Why An Australian Vocational Education Qualification Will Boost Your Employment Chances
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Vocational education is important to the growth of the Australian economy and the success of businesses.

This is why there is a need for a vocational education and training environment in Australia aimed at producing qualifications.

These are aimed at producing those skills that are required by employers and industries for both the short and long term.

Having a strong VET sector will help to improve employment opportunities for those that hold VET qualifications and to renew confidence in the usefulness of the sector.

Having a strong VET sector will help to improve employment opportunities for those that hold VET qualifications and to renew confidence in the usefulness of the sector.

A dynamic and diverse market

There are a wide range of workplace skills and competencies training provided by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) within the Australian VET sector.

This provides VET qualifications holders job opportunities in a wide range of occupations.

This is achieved through the training that is provided by RTOs for VET students from diverse backgrounds and age groups.

The training is provided in a flexible manner, which gives students more options for ways they can study.

Training can be done inside the classroom, online or in workplaces. Students can also undertake their training on a full time or part-time basis.

There are about 4 million students (both domestic and international) enrolled in a VET program in Australia. This makes up about 1 in four of every working class Australian.

Australian Government Priorities for VET

The Australian Government has put various major reforms in place in the VET sector since 2014.

The purpose is to ensure that the sector maintains the delivery of quality skills that are required by employers and the industry as well as those that meet economic needs.

This is due to the fact that the VET system has always been very important to the Australian Government since 2013.

The focus of these reforms is the improvement of industry standards in how training materials are developed.

This is because it is a reflection of the quality of skills and knowledge produced within the sector for various occupations.

The four key objectives of VET reform in Australia are:

  1. Industry responsiveness
  2. Quality and regulation
  3. Funding and governance
  4. Data and consumer information

More major reforms are being planned for 2019

Governance of the VET sector

The national governing council of the VET sector is made up of ministers of state and territory governments as well as government departments and training authorities.

They are responsible for skills development and industry.

This is done through the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Industry and Skills Council (COAG), which is tasked with the delivery of leadership and guidance for the VET sector.

The council is responsible for making governance arrangements, policy development and the overseeing of the performance of the VET sector.

For this reason, the Australian Industry and Skills Committee was set up to provide an industry structured role in advising the COAG on matters relating to making policies and decisions in the national training system.

This governance role is divided between both state and territory governments in providing support to the national VET sector.

They also partner with different independent bodies to make sure that the quality of training delivered is high.

The role played by Australian industry is an important one as it ensures that the VET sector makes improvements in the areas of competitiveness and productivity within the Australia economy.

“The role played by the Australian industry is an important one as it ensures that the VET sector makes improvements in the areas of competitiveness and productivity within the Australia economy.”

Funding for VET delivery

Vocational education and training are mostly funded by the Australian, state and territory governments.

However, this is sometimes done in conjunction with companies and individuals who also help through their contributions to the cost of training.

Companies provide assistance by purchasing training for their staff and students contribute through by paying the fees for their courses and administration fees.

Training Delivery

There are about 4600 RTOs in Australia and these are responsible for the delivery of vocational education in the country.

RTOs deliver training through providers such as  TAFE institutes, colleges, universities, secondary schools, private training providers, enterprises, industry organisations, community-based providers and other government organisations.

You will find the official register of VET in Australia on https://training.gov.au/

This is a source of authoritative and informative resources on training packages, qualifications, accredited courses, units of competency, skill sets and registered training organisations.

Visit the Training website for more information.

Training packages

There are a variety of training packages offered within the Australian national VET system.

The training packages are made up of a set of nationally endorsed standards and qualifications used for the recognition and assessment of students’ skills within different industries.

Training packages are developed by ginghams through a process of consultation with industry.

The types of training packages include Australian Apprenticeships, training courses offered by registered training organisations, VET in Schools programmes, recognition of existing skills, and occupational licensing.

Standards for Training Packages

The requirement for the standard of training packages is that they are of high quality and must meet the workforce development needs of industry, enterprise and individuals.

These standards must be applied in the process of designing and developing training packages to be endorsed by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee.

Quality in the VET sector

The quality of the training delivered in the Australian VET sector is an important factor.

The ability to provide high-quality training ensures that graduates are able to gain the skills they need to thrive in the industry and ones required by employers.

Australia is able to deliver a high level of VET training through a number of regulatory frameworks. One of these is the national VET regulator the Australian Skills Quality Authority  (ASQA).

The ASQA provides a register of training providers and also ensures compliance with national training standards. It is also responsible for the investigation of quality concerns.

The ASQA governs all states and territories in Australia except in the states of Victoria and Western Australia where the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority and the Training Accreditation Council Western Australia perform these roles.

Informed consumers

The transparency and fairness of the national training system is firmly supported by the Australian Government.

This is achieved by allowing VET consumers to have ready access to all the information they need on training courses and VET providers.

This objective is supported by initiatives such as:

  • the Unique Student Identifier, which gives students online access to their nationally recognised training records
  • the myskills website, where users can search for all VET courses and training providers
  • data collection and research activities, including those conducted by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

The ability to provide high-quality training ensures that graduates are able to gain the skills they need to thrive in the industry and ones required by employers.

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