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Apprentice numbers slump

Fairfax Media     |    28 June 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The number of apprentices across Australia has plunged since the Coalition took office, government figures show, with some of the steepest falls occurring in high-unemployment marginal seats still up for grabs at Saturday's election. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Western Sydney has lost 10,642 apprentices and western Melbourne 4782, while the national total fell 28 per cent from 383,562 to 278,583, between December 2013 and December last year, documents obtained under Freedom of Information and NCVER data reveal.   Labor claims the falling take up of apprenticeships is a direct result … [Read more...]

The Scan #175 11 December 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ News __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ VET FEE-HELP skewering system   11 December 2015      |       Explosive growth in the VET FEE-HELP scheme has masked massive direct public disinvestment in vocational education and training. While a report by NCVER shows a notional growth of 1.7% in 2014 over 2013 (plus $141.0 million, from $8512.4 million to $8653.4 million), it’s all in VET-FEE Help payments: actual direct expenditure by governments, … [Read more...]

VET FEE-HELP “skewing” system

Direct public expenditure on VET dropping The Australian   |     10 December 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Explosive growth in the VET FEE-HELP scheme has masked massive direct public disinvestment in vocational education and training.  While a report by NCVER shows a notional growth of 1.7% in 2014 over 2013 (plus $141.0 million, from $8512.4 million to $8653.4 million), it’s all in VET-FEE Help payments: actual direct expenditure by governments, including the Commonwealth declined markedly VET FEE-HELP.  VET funding through state and territory governments fell almost $320m, while fee-for-service ­revenue — largely contributed by businesses — fell more than $130m. … [Read more...]

NCVER Report: Total VET students and courses 2014

NCVER    |     10 November 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… This report provides, for the first time, an estimate of the extent and nature of all accredited vocational education and training (VET) delivered in 2014 by Australian training providers.  Information is now collected from all types of providers and not only those in receipt of Commonwealth or state funding.  Information is provided on the number of training providers, students, enrolments in programs, enrolments in subjects, hours of delivery and program completions. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Training providers This publication covers the accredited training delivered by 4601 Australian … [Read more...]

Fewer people in publicly funded training – NCVER report

30 June 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The number of people enrolled in government-funded training declined 3.5% to 1.79 million last year compared with 2013, with student numbers at TAFE continuing to fall as against private providers. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Data published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) in Government-funded students and courses 2014 show student numbers declined at TAFE and other government providers (8.8%) and community education providers (12.2%) but increased at other registered providers (8.4%) to 582 500. Overall, the number of enrolments is similar to the level in 2010. Comparing training … [Read more...]

NCVER “No Frills” Conference

The 24th National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference ‘No Frills’ will focus on three key areas vital to developing the VET system and meeting future skills demand: Youth: engaging, inspiring and supporting students to realise their potential Pathways: transitioning through education and training into the workforce Skills: working with industry and employers to improve education and training 'No Frills' is a well-known annual national conference where researchers and those engaged in the vocational education and training (VET) sector come together to present, discuss and share information about key issues confronting the sector and network in a relaxed and … [Read more...]

Over 300 000 students to rate Australia’s training system

7 June 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Australia’s major survey of students for rating the nation’s vocational education and training (VET) system is underway. Around 310 000 students are being asked about their recent experience at a TAFE institute, private training provider, or adult and community education provider. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), the annual Student Outcomes Survey provides information on VET students’ employment outcomes and satisfaction with their training. Dr Craig Fowler, Managing Director, NCVER, said that it’s important for students to have their say because the … [Read more...]

The Scan # 170 29 May 2015

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ News __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Victorian  unis "financially strong" 29 May 2015    |   The Victorian Auditor General has reported that Victoria’s eight universities are in a strong financial position but he was critical of lax procedures governing travel expenditure. The eight universities, and their subsidiaries, generated a combined surplus of $537.1 million for the year ending 31 December 2014. This includes, however, audit adjustments … [Read more...]

VET numbers continue to drop

The Australian     |      27 May 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………   The number of publicly funded vocational education students has dropped for the second year running, just as open markets have been rolled out across the country to encourage more training. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Preliminary 2014 data shows the number of students fell 3.5%  last year, on the back of a 3.6%  fall in 2013. Australia trained 65,000 fewer publicly funded vocational students last year, with the open market pioneer states of South Australia and Victoria each losing more than 30,000 students. Victoria, which opened its training system to full private competition from … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 19 January 2015

In Focus Higher education reforms critical The critical challenge for our sector continues to be the Higher Education and Reform Bill, which failed to pass the Senate. You would all be aware that Minister for Education subsequently reintroduced an amended Bill to the House of Representatives for consideration. While the amended Bill preserves essential elements of the reforms, the new Bill includes the following changes: retain indexation of outstanding student debt by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rather than the 10-year bond rate previously proposed; a pause on HECS indexation for primary carers of children under 5 years; a structural adjustment fund to assist … [Read more...]