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ERIC Number: ED449381
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Pages: 51
Abstractor: N/A
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Developments in Australia's Vocational Education and Training System.
Robinson, Chris
Australia's national vocational education and training (VET) system and nationally funded technical and further education colleges were established in the 1970s. In the 1980s, traineeships complementing traditional apprenticeships and competency-based training were instituted. An industry-led training system was established in the 1990s. Total VET participation reached 1.5 million (12% of the working-age population) in 1998, and apprentices and trainees totaled 250,000 in 1999. Australia's public system of formal VET receives some $4 billion in public funding annually, with employers investing an additional $4.7 billion in structured and unstructured training. The following are among distinguishing features of Australia's VET system: a clear national policy for VET; movement toward lifelong learning; development of advanced and high-level skills training; development of an industry-led training sector; flexible delivery and modularization of training delivery; competition among training providers; a strong system of public training institutions; a framework for national recognition of VET; and focus on outputs and outcomes. Issues expected to have a significant impact on Australia's VET system in the near future include the changing nature of work, a trend toward customizing VET, the aging population, and movement toward a lifelong learning culture. (Twenty-seven tables/figures are included. The bibliography lists 36 references.) (MN)
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia; Tel: 08 8333 8400, Fax: 08 8331 9211, E-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Historical Materials
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia