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VET SNAPSHOT 2012
- There were 1.9 million students enrolled in the public VET system in 2012.
- In 2012, 33.4% of Australians aged between 15 and 19 years participated in VET.
- As of December 2012, 15.4% of workers aged between
- 15 and 19 years were employed as an apprentice or trainee.
- In 2012, 89.1% of graduate completers were satisfied with the overall quality of their training.
- In 2012, 77.8% of graduates were employed approximately six months after their training.
􏰁 In 2012, average annual income after training for graduates employed full-time was approximately $54 500.
􏰁 In 2012, total operating expenditures in Australia’s public VET system were $8302.7 million.

http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2665.html

VET COMPLETION RATES
The latest research shows only 35.5% of people who begin a VET qualification actually complete. Still, the 2011 completion rate is better than that recorded in 2008. Back then, only 33.7% completed.

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REDUCED DEMAND FOR FORMAL TRAINING
Research commissioned by the NCEVR shows that Australian employers reduced their use of training in 2013. This was due to slower economic growth and lower business confidence. The data show that patronage of the system reduced 4.2% from 56.1% of employers in 2011 to 51.9% in 2013.

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VOCATIONAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS
Research commissioned by the NCVER suggests three ways to strengthen VET in schools. They are as follows:
- integrate vocational education into the general curriculum
- separate the school vocational program from the AQF
- focus study on an industry rather than an occupation

WILL VCAL STUDENTS COMPLETE 22216VIC CERTIFICATE II IN BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION BY THE TIME THEY FINISH HIGH SCHOOL?
No. Most Certificate II courses can be completed in 400 hours, but the 22216VIC is 640 hours in length. Students will need to complete the course after they finish school.

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Monash University has released an index of social cohesion in Australia.

Skilled migrant women in regional Australia: promoting social inclusion through vocational education and training

Latest research from NCVER (rather unsurprisingly) stats that skilled migrant women adjust to life better in Australia if they undertake volunteer and later paid work. Link below. 

http://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/2653.html

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The Furnitex furniture exhibition will be held at Melbourne Exhibition Centre from 10-13 July. Link below.
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