ERIC Number: EJ938286
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
Extension and the VET Sector: Time for Closer Alignment?
Kilpatrick, Sue; Millar, Patricia
International Journal of Training Research, v4 n2 p1-21 2006
Extension (industry training) and VET (the formal Vocational Education and Training system), each vital to Australia's education and training for agriculture, have developed as separate domains. Recent research suggests that the potential of closer alignment should be further explored. Extension provides usually non-certified courses to primary producers. The VET sector involves accredited training in a quality-assured national framework. Despite subsidy incentives for producers to access VET, they are increasingly interested in the short courses and flexible delivery offered by extension. This paper explores implications for improving outcomes from investment in training and for rural capacity building from a project in which a sample of management level extension courses across Australia was analysed for the extent of alignment with VET. Eighty-four per cent of these extension courses are mapped to training package competencies. The potential is there for VET to capture new enrolees for its diploma and advanced diploma courses. Closer alignment between sectors would facilitate this process.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Alignment (Education), Industrial Training, Fused Curriculum, Integrated Curriculum, Delivery Systems, Rural Extension, Agricultural Education, Educational Improvement, Investment, Management Development, Minimum Competencies, Concept Mapping
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Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia