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ERIC Number: ED503368
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 47
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-921412-46-2
Is VET Vocational? The Relevance of Training to the Occupations of Vocational Education and Training Graduates. Occasional Paper
Karmel, Tom; Mlotkowski, Peter; Awodeyi, Tomi
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
This paper explores the issue of how vocational education and training (VET) is actually used in the labour market, in particular the match between what people study and the jobs they get. This match is pretty poor in most occupational groups with the exception of the trades. However, the paper concludes that the mismatch reflects the generic nature of VET rather than wastage. This view is reached because a relatively high percentage of graduates report their training is relevant even though they do not end up in their intended occupation. The study has three main implications. First, in thinking about the role of the VET system in addressing the needs of the labour market, it needs to be kept in mind that, with the exception of the trades, there is no neat match between courses and the occupations in which most people end up working. Second, those developing training packages need to be aware that many graduates will not work in their "intended" occupation. Finally, potential students need to be realistic about the likely occupation that a particular course will lead to. (Contains 14 tables and 1 figure.) [This work has been produced by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) as a joint initiative of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia