Completion rates in VET on the rise

Media Release
  • Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
  • Federal Member for McPherson

The increasing percentage of students expected to complete their Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications shows the sector is going from strength to strength.

New figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) predict a 5.2 per cent increase in completion rates for those who commenced a Certificate I or above in 2016.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said it was the result of hard work across the sector.

“The Australian Government is committed to improving the status of VET, and a key part of that is encouraging more students to complete their studies,” Minister Andrews said.

“Government-funded full time students 25 years and under with no prior post-school qualifications have estimated completion rates more than 10 points higher than the national average.”

According to NCVER, projected VET program completion rates across total VET activity are at 46.9 per cent, with increases in all states and territories and for all certificates and diplomas.

“Today’s results show states and territory governments are better targeting their subsidies and increasingly looking towards toward skill set enrolments—where people study a small number of specific units, rather than dropping out of a full course once they’ve gained the skills they require.”    

“It’s further proof that VET provides real skills for real careers and I look forward to these figures continuing to stay strong in the years ahead.”

The ‘VET program completion rates 2016’ report can be found at www.ncver.edu.au.

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