ERIC Number: ED224942
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Evaluation of the 1981 Vocational Preparation Programme.
Hailstone, D. L.; Grosvenor, J. S.
An evaluation project investigated the Vocational Preparation Programme conducted in 1981 by the South Australian Department of Technical and Further Education (TAFE). The vocational preparation program was designed to increase the employability of young unemployed people aged 15 to 19 by providing them with an understanding of a family of related occupations in a specific industry and basic skills relevant to a range of occupations in that industry. Data were obtained from interviews with students, lecturers and college staff, head office staff, and employers; course records and employer reports; and student questionnaires. Case studies were made of dental studies, basic farm skills, and fiberglass boat building courses. Program-level administration rested with the Transition Education Unit; curriculum design and implementation were a college-level responsibility. Typically, students were referred to colleges by the Commonwealth Employment Service and then were selected by college staff. The system was workable although some differences in priorities were evident. The predominance of females in the courses was consistent with a program emphasis on unemployed young women. Nearly 50 percent of former students were employed. Personal development was cited as a benefit by 80 percent of surveyed students. (Appendixes include instruments and a summary of evaluation findings.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Admission Criteria, Adolescents, Adult Vocational Education, Case Studies, Education Work Relationship, Employment Potential, Females, Foreign Countries, Job Training, Out of School Youth, Program Administration, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Student Recruitment, Unemployment, Vocational Education, Young Adults, Youth Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National TAFE Clearinghouse, Adelaide (Australia).
Identifiers: Australia (South Australia)