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ERIC Number: ED514438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-1
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
National VET Equity Advisory Taskforce. Final Report
Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
The purview of the National VET (Vocational Education and Training) Equity Advisory Taskforce (NVEAT) encompasses a range of clients and issues across the full spectrum of the VET sector. NVEAT has undertaken a number of activities to gain a better understanding of the range of issues affecting all learners and particular disadvantaged groups of students in VET. The consultations provide a valuable sample of views from a broad cross section of VET students. Participants were selected from private and public RTOs (Registered Training Organisations), in inner and outer city locations and in regional and rural areas, studying full-time, part-time and by distance learning or online. Their stories provided NVEAT with a greater understanding of the needs, barriers, expectations, and attitudes of students, particularly in regard to their motivation to study, access to support and information, quality of teachers and resources and the relevance of course content to their employment goals. On the basis of the work undertaken, NVEAT makes the following recommendations: (1) Improve community awareness and knowledge of VET as a pathway to employment and further education and training; (2) Develop nationally consistent career guidance and development services at VET institutions to support students through transition from pre-training through to completion and employment; (3) Continue to work with the NQC (National Quality Council) providing input and advice on the AQTF (Australian Quality Training Framework); (4) Improve links between the VET and higher education sectors (such as improved processes for credit transfer from VET to higher education) to maximise VET as a potential pathway to enable equity groups to achieve higher qualifications; (5) Increase ability for students to pay their course fees in installments or delay payment until greater earning capacity has been attained; and (6) Review the social security eligibility criteria for full time students to better align with full-time study requirements in VET. Appendices include: (1) Key Findings from Consultations; and (2) Overview of Literature Review.
Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Copyright Commonwealth of Australia reproduced by permission, GPO Box 9880, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia. Tel: +61-2-0036-3079; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Identifiers - Location: Australia