VET is the largest educational sector in Australia. Participation has risen steadily over the last twenty years but is showing signs of stagnating. Considerable growth in participation was prompted by key national agreements and state-based entitlement models which sought to increase educational attainment. 3 These, along with the effect of the 2008 global financial crisis—which impacted on the availability of entry-level jobs—resulted in far more people opting for education and training. Declines in overall funding for publicly funded VET (by around 20% 2012 to 2016), in spite of population growth, have led to falls in participation rates (Burke 2018). Long-term trends show that most of the increased participation has been in higher level qualifications (Cert III and above), with declines in participation in Certs I/II. This has been attributed to funding by states and the Commonwealth that has favoured higher level qualifications (Atkinson & Stanwick 2016).
SOURCE: George Myconos. “Participation and transitions in Australia’s VET system.” Brotherhood of St Laurence, 2019.
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