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ERIC Number: ED437550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87397-567-7
Australian Vocational Education and Training Statistics, 1999. Survey of Employer Views on Vocational Education and Training. At a Glance.
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
The 1999 Australian Survey of Employer Views on vocational education and training (VET) followed previous surveys in 1995 and 1997. The number of organizations employing recent VET graduates increased steadily over the last 5 years, from 63,000 in 1995 to 104,000 in 1997 to 117,000 in 1999. On the whole, employer views on VET were more positive in 1999. A larger proportion of employers in 1999 had recent graduate employees who received training with a private provider rather than a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institute. Around 83% of employers of a recent VET graduate reported being satisfied or very satisfied with the VET system; 69 percent felt the VET system is providing graduates with skills appropriate to employers' needs; 74 percent believed training pays for itself through increased worker productivity; the reason for not having VET graduate employees cited by 48 percent of employers was that VET qualifications are not relevant to their industry; and 1 in 4 employers who had no VET graduate employees reported providing all their training requirements in-house. Among industries more satisfied with VET were communication services, agriculture, mining, government administration, and defense. Less satisfied industries were electricity, gas, and water; education; wholesale trade; and manufacturing. The main source of information about VET was industry associations. Employers with recent VET graduate employees were more likely to have regular contact with training providers. (YLB)
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Melbourne.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia