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ERIC Number: ED536302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 51
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9220-5620-7
The Value of Completing a VET Qualification. Occasional Paper
Karmel, Tom; Fieger, Peter
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
Completion rates are an obvious performance indicator for the vocational education and training (VET) sector. Previously published figures indicated overall completion rates as low as 27%. One response to this is the argument that there are many students who do not need to complete their qualification as they acquire the skills they need without going through the entire curriculum of a qualification. For them, completion is not an issue. To throw further light on this issue this paper identifies groups of students for whom there is a clear benefit in completing their qualification. The authors use data from the 2009 Student Outcomes Survey to test whether completion is beneficial in relation to a number of predefined post-study outcomes. These are employment, further study, a combination of employment or further study, "improved" employment, occupational status and salary. The authors find that completion has an overall strong positive effect on these pay-off variables. However, the extent of the pay-off varies greatly across different groups of students. Appended are: (1) Model results; and (2) Tree diagrams. (Contains 15 figures, 9 tables and 10 footnotes.) [For the 2006 edition of the report, see ED495916.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research
Identifiers - Location: Australia