VET has been the subject of two research papers, released by The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), into students’ post-school aspirations for vocational education and training.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said the reports show that students see VET as a path of practical and hands-on learning, offering great opportunities and employment prospects.

“VET provides an excellent career pathway with 78 per cent of graduates employed after training.” Minister Andrews said.

Minister Andrews said the Government is committed to raising the status of VET in Australia and in doing so encourage more school students to consider a VET pathway.

“Programs like the Australian Apprenticeship Ambassadors provide inspiration to students by highlighting real life apprenticeship and traineeship success stories,” Minister Andrews said.

Minister Andrews said the reports will assist teachers, schools and VET providers to better help students address any misunderstandings in their knowledge about VET.

“While the Government has an important role in the VET sector, schools and providers also have a significant role to play in providing advice to students and their families about the range of education choices that vocational training offers and where they might lead,” Minister Andrews said.

The two research reports and a summary Choosing VET: aspirations, intentions and choices are available at www.ncver.edu.au/publications.