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ERIC Number: EJ858233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1527-1803
CTE Down Under
Reese, Susan
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers (J1), v84 n7 p22-25 Oct 2009
In 1992, the governments of Australia made a landmark decision to work together on a national approach to career and technical education (CTE), known in Australia as vocational education and training (VET), and to firmly establish industry leadership for key aspects of the VET system. VET in Australia may face the same image battle as CTE does in the United States, since the Australian Government's Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Web site for high school students acknowledges that most parents encourage their children to take math, science and English courses in preparation for entering a university, but it recognizes that some students may prefer to learn on the job. And just as CTE can keep such students engaged in learning, research in Australia shows that VET subjects (or modules) taken at school and continued at Registered Training Organizations such as Technical and Further Education (TAFE) are more likely to improve students' chances of getting the job they want. Whether it is called CTE or VET, the bottom line is that when there is a national commitment to include high-quality education and training for 21st century skills, students have a greater chance for success--and the country will have the workforce it needs for the future.
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE). 1410 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 800-826-9972; Tel: 703-683-3111; Fax: 703-683-7424; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; United States