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ERIC Number: ED574507
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 60
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: 978-1-925173-82-6
Indigenous VET Participation, Completion and Outcomes: Change over the Past Decade. Research Report
Windley, Georgina
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
It has been eight years since the National Indigenous Reform Agreement (also known as "Closing the Gap") set out a series of areas and targets designed to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous outcomes on a range of measures. A key objective was to halve the gap in employment outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a decade. The links between tertiary education and employment are well established, and the education participation of Indigenous people is increasing. Nevertheless, what is questionable is whether the qualifications gained are improving employability, boosting employment outcomes and reducing employment disparity: while the gap is closing in educational attainment, it is not closing in regards to labour market participation. This report examines, and provides a clearer picture of, how Indigenous participation in vocational education and training (VET) and outcomes have changed over the last decade. Drawing on data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research's (NCVER) National VET Provider Collection, National Apprentice and Trainee Collection and Student Outcomes Survey, this report focuses on Indigenous participation and completion in VET (including apprenticeships and traineeships), as well as on the employment, further study and personal outcomes of training. It identifies high-level trends in VET participation (including location and specific student and training characteristics), how completion rates vary, where employment outcomes are strongest, and the extent to which further study is being undertaken. Data sources are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) (Australia)
Identifiers - Location: Australia