ERIC Number: ED022886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Reference Count: 0
Outline of Vocational Training in Australia.
Australian Dept. of Labour and National Service, Perth.
Australia is a federation of six states and two territories with a population of 11.5 million. It depends heavily on agricultural export and a growing manufacturing industry. Responsibility for education lies with the state governments which are administered centrally because of sparse population. School attendance is required to age 15 with exemptions for those in remote locations for whom correspondence and radio courses are usually available. About one-fourth of the students attend non-government schools. Technical education is a state responsibility with little organizational uniformity between states. Technical institutions conduct a variety of courses grouped into courses for training for technologists (degree and diploma courses), technicians (certificate), and craftsmen (trade), courses in general education, and courses for recreational purposes. In 1963 enrollments were 27,500 in universities, 34,000 in technical training institutions, and 275,300 in trade courses. Work experience is considered a fundamental training procedure. Technical education by correspondence is available. Technical teachers are recruited from industry or commerce and given inservice teacher education courses. Apprenticeship is the most common means of entry into trades, and 95,000 were being trained in 1965. Industry provides programs for executive, supervisor, technologist, technician, apprentice, and semiskilled worker training. (JM)
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Authoring Institution: Australian Dept. of Labour and National Service, Perth.