Vocational education a viable future - report

Media Release
  • Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews has welcomed the release of a new report which provides further evidence of the value of vocational education and training (VET).

Published by the Skilling Australians Foundation, the report titled Perceptions are not reality: myths, realities and the critical role of vocational education and training in Australia, challenges some of the misconceptions about the VET sector in Australia.

“This report confirms what I’ve been saying since coming into the role about the value of VET and the opportunities it offers for a job and career,” Minister Andrews said.

“VET provide an excellent pathway to employment with 80 per cent of graduates moving straight into full-time employment with a good income.

“It highlights the value of the VET sector to the economy in boosting employment outcomes, and its agility to address the nation’s skills shortages quickly and effectively,” Minister Andrews.

“While university is a critical element of our education system, it is time that VET took its rightful place as an equally valuable option for students looking to undertake post-school education.”

Minister Andrews said the report helped break down commonly-held beliefs about the VET sector in Australia which often undersold the benefits and achievements of VET.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to raising the status of VET in Australia and in doing so encourage more Australians into training.” Minister Andrews said.

“These findings provide weight to the Coalition Government’s $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund announced in the Federal Budget.

“The Fund will support up to an extra 300,000 apprentices over the next four years and will deliver the skilled workforce Australian employers need to fill skills gaps and enable their businesses to grow,” Minister Andrews said.

“Combined with our reforms to the VET Student Loans system, as well as a number of programs aimed at helping students and businesses, the Government is committed to ensuring all Australians have access to the right skills for them to succeed.”

Minister Andrews thanked the Skilling Australia Foundation for their passionate advocacy and support for skills-based education in Australia. 

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