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ERIC Number: ED442930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87397-581-2
Australian Vocational Education & Training. South Australia: An Overview.
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
A study examined the publicly-funded vocational education and training (VET) system in South Australia (SA) in 1997. Background information indicated SA is a geographically large state with a relatively small population that is older compared to the rest of Australia, with 14 percent aged over 65 compared with 12 percent nationally. Findings were that SA accounts for about 8 percent of the Australian population, 10 percent of publicly-funded VET students, and about 8 percent of apprentices and trainees. Of the population aged 15-64 years, 11.6 percent undertook some kind of VET, above the national average of 10.5 percent. SA has the highest proportion of female students with 53 percent, well above the national average of 48.1 percent. Female VET students had a slightly higher module completion rate. Technical and further education (TAFE) qualifications increased the chances of finding work, and more than one quarter of all TAFE graduates named "to get a job" their main reason for undertaking study. Manufacturing, construction, and retail industries accounted for nearly three quarters of all apprenticeships and traineeships in SA. Employers cited these three areas of change as most likely to affect future training needs: advancing technology and automation, the need for workers to be more qualified or skilled, and government policies and legislation. SA students and employers were generally satisfied with VET provision. (YLB)
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia; E-mail:; website:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; 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