6 July 2011
A third (32.1%) of young Australians aged 15-19 years participated in vocational education and training in 2011. Released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Australian vocational education and training statistics: Students and courses 2011 provides an annual, national snapshot of student enrolments and training activity.
The 15-19 year age group also saw growth of an additional 16 200 students, making up 25.4% of the total student population. Sandra Pattison, General Manager, Statistics, NCVER says:
The growth in the number of young Australians undertaking vocational education and training is 3.5%. At the same time, the largest growth has been in the 25–44 year age group with an additional 37 400 students.
Overall, the total number of Australian students enrolled in public vocational education (VET) and training reached 1.9 million in 2011, an increase of 4.6% since 2010.
- There were 1.9 million students enrolled in the public vocational education and training (VET) system in 2011.
- In 2011, compared with 2010:
- Student numbers increased by 4.6%.
- Subject enrolments increased by 8.8%.
- Hours of delivery and full-year training equivalents (FYTEs) increased by 8.5%.
- Indigenous students increased by 5.3%.
- Students with a disability increased by 13.7%.
- Students from non-English speaking backgrounds increased by 6.0%.
- Apprentices and trainees undertaking off-the-job training increased by 8.1%.
- Commonwealth and state-funded students increased by 8.8%.
- International full-fee-paying students declined by 17.8%.
- Students enrolled in certificate IV qualifications increased by 20.4%, and diploma and above qualifications by 12.5%.
- 12.0% of people aged 15 to 64 years participated in the publicly funded VET system in Australia in 2011.
- 32.1% of Australians aged between 15 and 19 years participated in VET in 2011.
- In 2011, students in the public VET system comprised:
- 43.2% aged 24 years and under
- 51.7% males
- 84.6% studying part-time.
- In 2011, 25.4% of all students were aged between 15 and 19 years.
- The number of qualifications completed in 2010 was 436 600, with 39.0% of Australian Qualifications