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Title: Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) Responses in the New Global Economic Context


1
Australian Vocational Education and Training
(VET) Responses in the New Global Economic
Context
Margaret McKinnon Group Manager Australian
Department of Education, Employment and
Workplace Relations CanadaAlberta International
Conference, Calgary 31 August 2009
2
three themes
  • Before the Global Financial Crisis Australias
    economic outlook
  • Responses during the GFC
  • Next generation economy and the role of VET

3
Australian Government election commitments
  • Trade Training Centres 2.5 billion
    infrastructure. Trade Training Centres enable
    senior school students to undertake combined
    academic and vocational pathways in their last
    years of school.
  • Digital Education Revolution 2.2 billion
    program to ensure every Australian senior school
    student has access to information and
    communication technology equipment

4
Australias vocational education and training
system
  • 1.7 million students in publicly funded VET
    programs
  • 1 in 9 people between the ages of 15 and 64
  • Majority of students are studying part-time
  • 43.4 of students are 24 years of age or under
  • Commencements in trade apprenticeships grew
    around 5.8 per year over the last decade

5
Impact of the Global Financial Crisis Uneven
across Australia
  • Youth unemployment is at 12.5 and rising
  • The number of people commencing in a trade
    apprenticeship decreased by 21.9 in March 2009
  • The trades where the fall in is sharpest are
    automotive, engineering, construction, electro
    technology, telecommunications and the wood
    trades
  • 363 localities were already classified as
    severely disadvantaged prior to the GFC.

6
Australian Government Responses
  • Infrastructure
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Productivity Places Program
  • Youth Compact
  • Redundant Workers compact
  • Apprenticeship out of trade measures

7
Council of Australian Governments Education and
training targets
  • Lift the Year 12 or equivalent attainment rate to
    90 per cent by 2015.
  • Halve the proportion of Australians aged 20 to 64
    without qualifications at Certificate III and
    above by 2020.
  • Double the number of higher qualification
    completions (Diploma and Advanced Diploma) by
    2020.
  • 40 of all 25-34 year olds attain a higher
    education qualification by 2025.

8
Next generation challenges
  • Changing industry profile longer term
    structural readjustment accelerated restructure
    due to the need for a green economy
  • More and higher Lift education and training
    levels of Australians and improve apprenticeship
    completions
  • Address adult literacy and numeracy

9
Training for Sustainability
  • 650 million for Sustainability Round of the
    Tertiary Infrastructure fund for VET, higher
    education and research infrastructure related to
    climate change and sustainability
  • Training places for unemployed youth and for home
    insulation installers
  • The commitment that trade apprentices that
    commence after next year will graduate with a
    core set of green skills
  • National Green Skills Agreement

10
Language, Literacy and Numeracy
  • Greater attention to foundation skills training
  • Ensuring that all training packages have
    Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)
    competencies
  • Addressing the shortage of LLN trainers and
    assessors
  • Expanding the capacity of the community education
    sector to assist reluctant learners

11
Thank Youmargaret.mckinnon_at_deewr.gov.au
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