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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...]

NCVER report reveals lack of scrutiny of VET sector

TDA News    |     10 November 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show the continuing fundamental role of  TAFE, as the public provider network, but also demonstrate a worrying failure in scrutiny by policy makers, according to TAFE Directors Australia. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The NCVER report Total VET students and courses 2014 reveals the huge growth in the VET sector to 3.9 million students – almost three times the number in the higher education sector.  The data also show: TAFE and private providers deliver roughly the same number of training hours nationally (41% by TAFE and 45% … [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...]

VET declines in Victoria

23 March 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………  The Andrews government says the latest Victorian Training Market Report the vocational education and training (VET) in Victoria was in crisis under the former Napthine government. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… TAFE enrolments, in particular have continued to plummet, with government-subsidised places falling by 33% over the past year. More vulnerable Victorians are missing out with government-funded training enrolments by regional students, trainees, disabled and disadvantaged learners all in decline. There was an 18% drop in 15 to 19-year-olds receiving government-funded training last year. Training … [Read more...]

Evocca College under scrutiny

ABC 7.30 | 4 March 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… As a Senate committee, in an interim report , expresses concern about the rapid increase in government funding to non-TAFE providers, the ABC continues its serial exposé on the industry. According to the ABC, Evocca College, one of the largest players in the training industry, has a graduation rate of just 10%, despite claiming more than $290 million in four years from the government via the VET FEE-HELP student loan scheme. It’s now being investigated by the federal regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The ABC reports that out of 38,213 students who signed … [Read more...]

Report on Government Services 2015 Vocational Education and Training

Productivity Commission      |     6 February 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… This chapter (chapter 5) reports on government funded vocational education and training (VET) services delivered by government and private Registered Training Organisations. It includes training activity funded under the National Agreement for Skills and Workforce Development (NASWD). The scope of this chapter does not extend to VET services provided in schools (which are within the scope of School education, chapter 4) or university education. • In 2013, the Australian and State and Territory governments provided $5.8 billion of recurrent expenditure for vocational education and training (VET) (p. … [Read more...]

Snapshot of vocational education and training in Australia: infographics

31 October 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… NCVER has released four infographics that provide an overview of publicly-funded training based on NCVER’s main data collections: • Students and courses – including key findings from Young people in education and training • Apprentices & trainees • VET finance • VET outcomes – drawing key findings from Student outcomes and Employers’ use and views of the VET system.   For more information go to www.ncver.edu.au.   ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… Students and courses This infographic provides a snapshot of Australia’s publicly funded vocational education and training sector. It presents … [Read more...]

Apprenticeship funding overhaul

The Guardian   |     9 September 2014 One stop shops to be replaced with one stop shops! ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Small businesses in regional areas with high youth unemployment will gain access to federal government funding for training, as part of an overhaul of skills programs including the including replacing Australian Apprenticeships Centres with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……  The apprenticeship centres were described as government-contracted “one-stop shops” for businesses seeking to hire apprentices or people wishing to take up an apprenticeships. In announcing the new arrangements, prime … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 11 August 2014

  Report shows financial pressure on Victorian TAFEs Victoria’s 14 TAFE Institutes generated a net deficit of $16.2 million in 2013, representing a $74.8 million deterioration from 2012, according to the Victorian Auditor-General's office (VAGO). “These results suggest that many TAFEs have yet to respond effectively to changes to the funding model and contestability arrangements,” the VAGO report says. “While a majority of TAFEs reduced their expenditure during the year, the cost reductions and increases in student fee revenue were not sufficient to offset the reduction in funds from government of $116.3 million.” The Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 4 May 2014

Commission of Audit calls for states to take over VET The National Commission of Audit has recommended that responsibility for vocational education and training (VET) be handed to the states. “The Commission is of the view that the States should take responsibility for VET, including the current reform agenda. This simplified governance and accountability would be more efficient than the current arrangements,” the report says. “Given the amount of money all governments spend in the vocational education and training area, outcomes achieved are not strong. For example, in 2012, the completion rate for trade apprentices was only around 56 per cent.” It recommends abolishing all Commonwealth … [Read more...]