ERIC Number: ED455407
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Factors Influencing Demand for Vocational Education and Training Courses. Review of Research.
Kilpatrick, Sue; Allen, Kim
The factors influencing demand for vocational education and training (VET) courses in Australia by individuals, enterprises, industries, communities, and regions were examined through a review of Australian and selected international research. The following were among the key findings: (1) current definitions of "industry" may not be effectively identifying training needs; (2) motivations for participating in VET can stem from the labor market and/or from social or personal development concerns; (3) benefits from training have been understated; and (4) the public system continues to meet most demand for VET. It was concluded that achieving high levels of skills formation requires the following items: commitment from government and a large majority of enterprises; widespread public support; accountability to ensure an adequate quantity and quality of training; opportunities for all to participate; incentives for young people and workers to train; and flexible training methods. The following were among the areas identified as requiring further research: the impact of the price of VET on demand by various client groups; the desirable balance between general and job- specific education and training; and the most effective ways for meeting the increasing demand for literacy and numeracy training for individuals not currently accessing training. (Contains 117 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Educational Demand, Educational Environment, Educational Finance, Educational Research, Employer Attitudes, Employment Qualifications, Enrollment Influences, Family Influence, Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Industry, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Market, Literacy Education, Literature Reviews, National Surveys, Participant Characteristics, Postsecondary Education, Program Costs, Research Needs, Rural Areas, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Student Educational Objectives, Student Motivation, Trend Analysis, Urban Areas, Vocational Education, Work Environment
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia. Tel: 08 8333 8400; Fax: 08 8331 9211; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ncver.edu.au (Cat no. 610; $19.25 Australian). For full text: http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nr9003.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Australian National Training Authority, Brisbane.
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia