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ERIC Number: ED509004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 77
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1832-3480
Australian Vocational Education and Training: Research Messages, 2009
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
In 2009 Australia's vocational education and training (VET) system, in common with so many other areas of public policy and the economy, was preoccupied by the effects of the global economic downturn and, like other sectors, sought to reposition itself to deal with the economic fallout, while anticipating its role in the recovery. Yet, as individuals look back over the year and review the National Centre for Vocational Education Research's (NCVER's) publications, many written before the financial crisis, they can see that the dominant issues are tenacious, whatever the economic climate. Fundamentally, they revolve around the role of VET in meeting skill needs, the quality of training and the costs of providing it, as well as the connection between skills, productivity and social wellbeing. Highlights from the work produced by NCVER staff or commissioned from external researchers are presented. This essay is structured around the five themes NCVER uses to organise its work, although using these themes for this purpose does not constitute a perfect classification tool, since much of the research tackles more than one theme. Where this is the case, the location of the report summary in this compilation is cross-referenced. In all, there were 42 reports and eight conference papers published. An author index is included. [For the "Research Messages, 2008", see ED504322.]
National Centre for Vocational Education Research Ltd. P.O. Box 8288, Stational Arcade, Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia. Tel: +61-8-230-8400; Fax: +61-8-212-3436; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Directories/Catalogs; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom