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ERIC Number: ED574680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
VET Retention in Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities. Good Practice Guide
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
This good practice guide is based on the research project "Enhancing training advantage for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners" by John Guenther et al. on behalf of Ninti One Limited. The project examines five unique and successful vocational education and training (VET) programs in remote areas and identifies how retention and completion can be improved (to improve employability) and what other indicators of success (apart from completion) are important outcomes of training in remote communities. The project makes a vital contribution to furthering our understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experiences with VET in remote areas and explores the factors that boost engagement and retention in training and ensure that training meets the needs of these learners and their communities. This good practice guides synthesises the findings of the five case studies and looks at the factors that are important in enabling retention and ensuring good practice. More information on the research methods and individual case studies are available in the full report and the supporting documents. Highlights include: (1) Family, personal, community and cultural factors can prevent completion, but supportive families and communities can contribute to higher retention and completion. Trainers/providers can play a role in actively encouraging this family and community support; (2) Positive, supportive and respectful trainers are necessary for helping students stay on track to complete their studies; (3) Trainers need to facilitate communication between themselves, students and employers, listen to their students and provide administrative and advocacy support to students where required; (4) Student peer relationships are important for creating a supportive learning environment, and trainers have a role in fostering this collegial learning environment; and (5) Local community ownership, along with cultural and local knowledge embedded in training programs, is vital for adding value and enhancing engagement in education and training, as well as strengthening the link between education and training and relevant local employment opportunities.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Australian Government Department of Education and Training
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) (Australia)
Identifiers - Location: Australia