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Parental influences drive young people's educational aspirations 2 April 2014

Parental influence is a critical driver in influencing young people's educational and occupational aspirations, according to new research.

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Jonathon Welch opens forum on the role of education in changing lives 1 April 2014

Leading social justice campaigner and founding director of the School and Choir of Hard Knocks, Dr Jonathon Welch AM, will reflect on his own early hardships and how music education transformed his life at NCVER’s National Research Forum Realising our potential: widening participation through education and training.

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Wives influence husbands to participate in labour force 26 March 2014

Married women who are active in the workforce play a significant role in influencing their husbands to follow suit. But the reverse does not hold true, according to new research.

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Students' aspirations significantly impact their educational outcomes 24 March 2014

Aspirations have a substantial effect on educational outcomes as they influence whether students will complete Year 12 and go on to study at university, according to a recent study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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NCVER research backs up Go8 findings into equity targets 19 March 2014

Research by NCVER shows that the number of enrolments for low socioeconomic status (SES) students has grown, but not to the same extent as other groups.

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Socioeconomic status still influences school performance 17 March 2014

As was the case in the mid-1970s, socioeconomic status (SES) still remains a major influencer on school performance.

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Apprentice numbers decline in December quarter 2013 19 February 2014

Early trend estimates for trade and non-trade commencements in apprenticeships show a decline following growth in the September quarter 2013, according to figures released today.

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Young people in education and training 9 December 2013

It is estimated that 81.9% of Australians aged 15-19 participated in an education and training activity as at August 2012, according to the report Young people in education and training.

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2013 Student Outcomes Survey: national training scorecard released 5 December 2013

Employment outcomes for graduates have remained steady over the past year with 78.2% employed after training.

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More apprentices start training, early estimates indicate 8 November 2013

Early trend estimates for trade and non-trade commencements in apprenticeships show an upward trend, according to figures released today.

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Inconsistent university policies, practices impact VET award students 6 November 2013

There are substantial differences between universities in the proportion of undergraduate commencing students admitted on the basis of a vocational education and training (VET) award, according to a new study.

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Number of people finishing training rising 30 October 2013

The number of people likely to complete publicly funded training shows signs of steadily increasing, up from 28.9% for people who started training in 2008 to 35.5% for those who started in 2011.

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National employer survey: Economic woes see employers cut back on training 28 October 2013

Slower economic growth, and lower business confidence in 2013 has seen Australian employers reduce their use of training.

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Unsettling time for skilled migrants' families in regional Australia 21 October 2013

Skilled migrants and their families face the prospect of not being socially integrated into the local labour market and the community more generally, according to new research.

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2012 financial data on public vocational education and training 11 October 2013

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released 2012 financial information on the operating revenues and expenditures for the public vocational education and training (VET) system.

 

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Low-skill jobs: a stepping stone or a low-skill trap? 2 October 2013

New research focuses on whether a low-skill job for a young person is a ‘stepping stone’ or a ‘low-skill trap’.

 

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Numbers of commencing apprentices stabilise 22 August 2013

The number of commencing trade and non-trade apprentices rose slightly in the June quarter 2013 to 58 700, up from 57 100 in the March quarter.

 

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School academic quality key for vulnerable students completing Year 12 20 August 2013

The academic quality of a school has a major impact on individuals from a lower socioeconomic status (SES) background completing Year 12, compared to those from a higher SES environment, according to a recent study by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Five research projects awarded to tackle tertiary education & training issues 15 August 2013

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has awarded five research grants in the 2013 open-category funding round to conduct research relevant to the contemporary tertiary education and training environment.

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Completion rates for apprentices and trainees: 2012 data released 25 July 2013

Completion rates are increasing for trainees but not for trade apprentices, according to data released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2012.

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More students opt for full-time study: national training data 12 July 2013

Increasing numbers of students are enrolling in full-time publicly funded training, with 34 800 more enrolments for full-time study last year (up 12.0% from 2011), according to national training statistics.

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Exploring job prospects in an educated society 10 July 2013

An important social and economic trend over the last 50 years (or more) has been the increase in education levels in the workforce.

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New Managing Director for NCVER 26 June 2013

After an extensive search the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) today announced the appointment of its new Managing Director – Mr Rod Camm.

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It's complicated: tertiary education in Australia 24 June 2013

Australia’s tertiary education and training sector is complex and shaped by diverse views and tensions, according to prominent national researchers and commentators on education.

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More students start training: preliminary data 4 June 2013

For the fifth consecutive year, the number of students enrolled in the national publicly funded training system increased, with 1.943 million students studying last year, up 3.3% from 2011.

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More than 300 000 students to rate nation's training system 27 May 2013

Over the next few months, more than 300 000 students will be asked to rate their experiences at a TAFE institute, private training or adult and community education provider as part of the 2013 Student Outcomes Survey.

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Apprentices and trainee March 2013 estimates released 17 May 2013

The latest early trend estimates for trade and non-trade commencements show fewer people are starting an apprenticeship or traineeship.

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National Research Forum highlights young people's challenges beyond school 9 April 2013

Research undertaken by the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) is providing a better understanding of how our young people are dealing with complex challenges as they progress from school to study and work.

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Schools do matter: Impact on university entrance rankings and enrolment 4 April 2013

Schools matter when it comes to students’ tertiary entrance rankings and university enrolment, according to a new report, The impact of schools on young people’s transition to university.

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Fulbright winner to measure success of national literacy and numeracy programs 22 March 2013

Michelle Circelli, a Senior Research Officer with the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) in Adelaide, has been selected as the Fulbright Professional Scholar in Vocational Education and Training, and will undertake three months of research into measuring the success of adult literacy and numeracy programs in the US.

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Less apprentices start training, early estimates indicate 21 February 2013

Early trend estimates for trade and non-trade commencements in apprenticeships show a downward trend, according to figures released today.

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Understanding employer skill needs: national survey underway 18 February 2013

Employers across the country will be contacted in the coming weeks as part of the Survey of Australian Employers to identify the ways they meet their skill needs and how effective these strategies are.

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Culture plays strong part in Indigenous education success 5 February 2013

Indigenous students with a strong cultural identity are more likely to participate and achieve in education and training and the labour market, says a new report released today.

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Rethinking education pathways to enable career progression 19 December 2012

A broader ‘vocation’ view of careers rather than a segmented approach may improve educational pathways and career transition according to a suite of research published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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More young people at school and in training 11 December 2012

More young Australians are taking part in education and training, and participation in vocational education training at school has grown, according to the report Young people in education and training 2011.

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Student outcomes: national training score-card released 5 December 2012

Increasing proportions of vocational education and training (VET) graduates are studying to gain extra skills for their current job or in response to job requirements.

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Fellowship papers explore Indigenous education and apprentices 28 November 2012

Indigenous Australians are happier at school and just as likely to go on to university once they receive a tertiary admissions rank when compared to non-Indigenous Australians, says a new paper published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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'Skills sets' an important piece of a flexible VET puzzle 20 November 2012

‘Skill sets’ could assist the vocational education and training (VET) system meet industry needs, according to new research.

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Apprentice and trainee estimates released 19 November 2012

The number of people starting apprenticeships and traineeships has decreased in the September quarter 2012 according to early estimates out today.

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Students should do their homework when making study choices 16 October 2012

When choosing between an associate degree or advanced diploma, students are wise to keep their end point in mind, suggests a new report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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The value of completing 10 October 2012

Students generally benefit from completing a vocational qualification, although the pay-off varies considerably, according to a new report by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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2011 financial data on public vocational education and training 28 September 2012

Financial information for 2011 for Australia’s public vocational education and training (VET) system has been released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Apprentice and trainee March quarter 2012 statistics released 7 September 2012

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released the Australian apprentice and trainee statistics for the March quarter 2012.

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Early trend apprentice and trainee figures released 5 September 2012

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has today released Apprentices and trainees 2012—early trend estimates, June quarter.

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Sue Fergusson joins NCVER as head of research 13 August 2012

Ms Sue Fergusson has been appointed to the role of General Manager Research at the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Apprentice annual completion and attrition rates: 2011 data released 3 August 2012

Attrition rates are declining for trainees but not for trade apprentices according to new data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Completion and attrition rates for apprentices and trainees 2011.

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Size matters: More apprentices complete training with larger employers 17 July 2012

Employer size matters when it comes to apprentice completion rates, says a newly released report from National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Think creatively about arts education: Robyn Archer addresses 21st national VET research conference 12 July 2012

Globally recognised artist and arts advocate, Robyn Archer AO considers crunch points in arts education in Australia’s education system tomorrow at the 21st National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference in Adelaide.

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Booming Chinese and Indian education & training markets: lessons for Australian providers - international expert 11 July 2012

International skills expert, Professor David Finegold, will give insights into the rapidly growing education and training markets of China and India and what this means for Australian training providers and industries tomorrow at the 21st National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference.

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Skills the key at 21st national VET research conference 10 July 2012

Two hundred and sixty international and national delegates will be in Adelaide this week for the 21st National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference, colloquially known as ‘No Frills’.

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Is a university degree grossly overrated? - Adelaide set for fiery debate 10 July 2012

The stage is set for fiery night at the Adelaide Town Hall tomorrow (Wednesday 11 July), when experts and the public debate the pros and cons of having a university degree.

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A third of young Australians in training in 2011 6 July 2012

A third (32.1%) of young Australians aged 15-19 years participated in vocational education and training in 2011.

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Student behaviour and aspirations key to Year 12 completion 5 July 2012

Poor school experiences such as suspension or repeating a grade, risky behaviour such as smoking or drug-taking, and low student aspirations are important predictors of whether a student will complete Year 12 says a new report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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New national statistics on tertiary students 18 June 2012

More students than ever are studying at tertiary level, according to the latest tertiary education and training figures.

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Gap year students: More work than play 7 June 2012

More young Australians are taking gap years before going to university and spend that time working or in further study, according to a new report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Apprentice and trainee December quarter 2011 statistics released 5 June 2012

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released the Australian apprentice and trainee statistics for the December quarter 2011.

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VET student numbers continue to rise: preliminary data 28 May 2012

The number of students enrolled in the national public vocational education and training (VET) system increased for the fourth consecutive year in 2011 to 1.9 million students, an increase of 4.6% from 2010.

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Students, have a say about your training 24 May 2012

More than 100 000 students nationally will be asked in the coming weeks about their recent experience at a TAFE institute, private training provider, or adult and community education provider.

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NCVER awards research scholarships 23 May 2012

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has awarded eight scholarships to researchers across the country to support and develop Australian vocational education research.

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Fewer trainees start, apprentices continue to slow 18 May 2012

The number of people starting apprenticeships and traineeships decreased in the March 2012 quarter.

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Robyn Archer features at 21st national VET research conference 27 March 2012

Registrations open today for the 21st National Vocational Education and Training Research Conference, colloquially known as ‘No Frills’, to be held for the first time in Adelaide on 11-13 July 2012.

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Is a degree the be all and end all? - First for Adelaide: Intelligence Squared Australia debate 27 March 2012

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) is partnering with St James Ethics Centre to bring the popular live debate Intelligence Squared Australia (IQ 2) to Adelaide for the first time on Wednesday, 11 July 2012.

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Overskilled and under-paid? 15 March 2012

Overskilling persists, so getting the right job from the start matters, according to new research released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Apprentice and trainee September quarter 2011 statistics 27 February 2012

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released the Australian apprentice and trainee statistics for the September quarter 2011.

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Mental illness: To disclose or not to disclose 22 February 2012

Fears of stigma or prejudice prevent many Australian students from reporting their mental illness - they want to be treated like any other student, according to a new National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) study.

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Skills shortages: a sign of success or a threat to firms' viability? 20 February 2012

It is time for a more finely-tuned analysis of the problem of skills shortages in Australian business, according to a National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) report released today.

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Record high for trainee starters, apprentices decline 14 February 2012

The number of people starting traineeships has increased to an all-time high in the December 2011 quarter.

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If the show is to go on, dollars needed for 'encore career' training 19 January 2012

While TAFE institutes and other registered training organisations are interested in developing ‘encore career’ programs and services, they are unable to do so within the current funding arrangements.

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Under pressure: plumbing qualifications must tap into broader skills 21 December 2011

Plumbers today need generic skills as well as technical skills to meet the needs of environmentally sustainable plumbing.

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Training or uni? The choices young people make 12 December 2011

More teenage girls than boys head off to university, where as more teenage boys than girls choose vocational education and training (VET).

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Apprentice and trainee June quarter 2011 statistics released 7 December 2011

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released the Australian apprentice and trainee statistics for the June quarter 2011.

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VET graduate employment up slightly after downturn 5 December 2011

While vocational education and training (VET) graduates are finding work after they finish their training, employment has not returned to pre-economic downturn levels.

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More and less: trade apprentices increase but not trainees 11 November 2011

The number of people starting a trade apprenticeship has slightly increased in the September 2011 quarter, marking a change from the past three consecutive quarters of falling commencements.

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Chipping away at skill shortages: more new tradies required 7 November 2011

Labour market policies focused on increasing the number of new tradies are the way to tackle skill shortages in the trades, according to new research published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Older workers: 60 is the new 50 3 November 2011

As the nation faces the challenge of an ageing population, encouraging older workers to stay in the workforce and postpone their retirement is a dominant policy trend.

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Economic fallout sees big business tighten belts on training 1 November 2011

Australian employers, particularly those employing 100 people or more, are reducing training for their staff, despite the majority considering it important.

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A taste of what's to come works for some trainees 31 October 2011

A preview of what to expect from working life can help potential trainees go the distance and complete their training, especially early school leavers.

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The road to VET is paved with good intentions 24 October 2011

Over 90% of students who enrol in a vocational education and training (VET) course plan to finish it, yet previous estimates show about 28%* of courses are likely to be completed.

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2010 VET financial data available 30 September 2011

Financial information for 2010 for Australia’s public vocational education and training (VET) system has been released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Downturn put only a small dent in future supply of tradies 26 September 2011

The economic downturn of 2008-2009 has only had a minor impact on the supply of skilled tradespeople, despite a significant number of trade apprentices or trainees suffering job loss or redundancy.

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School completion in a class of its own 21 September 2011

For some years now, governments have been talking about Certificates II or III as a vocational equivalent of Year 12.

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One size doesn't fit all for training that supports innovation 30 August 2011

To remain competitive, innovative industries need a training system that emphasises ‘learning to learn’ rather than just specific technical skills, according to research published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Apprentice and trainee March quarter 2011 statistics released 18 August 2011

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released the Australian apprentice and trainee statistics for the March quarter 2011.

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Ten research projects to tackle topical tertiary themes 16 August 2011

New research commissioned by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows the heightened interest in the challenges posed by integrating the tertiary education sector, and education’s role in assisting the disadvantaged.

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VET teacher qualifications under the microscope 15 August 2011

The Certificate IV in Training and Education can serve new teachers in the vocational education and training (VET) sector well, but only if its delivery is properly regulated.

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Jobs for the girls by degrees 10 August 2011

New research shows that university study after the completion of Year 12 is the best pathway for young women, regardless of academic orientation.

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Number of new tradies slows 9 August 2011

The number of people starting a trade apprenticeship has decreased for the third consecutive quarter, showing the strong growth in commencements recorded a year ago has slowed.

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Building a clearer picture of apprentice completion rates 28 July 2011

About 55% of all apprentices and trainees are likely to finish their training, according to new data released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Win, win: future health students to benefit from a prize to a practitioner researcher 22 July 2011

Future allied health assistants are set to benefit from a prize awarded to Leanne Pagett, from the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT).

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Excellence and impact: nominate top VET researcher for award 15 July 2011

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Vocational Education and Training (VET) Researcher of the Year Award.

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Teaching and learning 'front and centre' of Kiwi tertiary sector 14 July 2011

Improving teaching and learning is seen as the key to delivering high quality tertiary education in New Zealand.

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Research can inform VET practice 11 July 2011

Meeting the educational challenges thrown up by a more integrated tertiary education sector and a fast, but unevenly, growing economy can be helped by good applied research.

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A skilled country: more people opt for higher-level training 7 July 2011

The number of students enrolled in certificate IV and diploma level qualifications increased last year, up 16.3% and 20.2% respectively from 2009.

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Position vacant: study fast-tracks women into jobs 29 June 2011

Young women who leave school before finishing Year 12 could be unemployed almost five times longer than young women who have a degree, according to new research.

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Training can add insult to injury for low-paid workers 28 June 2011

Despite investing in vocational education and training (VET), low-paid workers are not always rewarded with higher pay or a better job for the new skills they have acquired.

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Beyond the school gates: who studies where? 27 June 2011

For the first time, student enrolment data for the vocational education and training (VET) and higher education sectors are now available in one publication.

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Socioeconomic status measure a tale of two postcodes 20 June 2011

As the Federal Government continues its push to increase the numbers of students from low socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds going to university, new research shows that the current measure used to determine SES performs poorly when classifying individuals, as opposed to the regions they come from.

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Year 12 has its benefits but it's not for everyone 10 June 2011

Young people who complete Year 12 tend to make a more successful transition from school to work, but employment outcomes for those who complete an apprenticeship or traineeship are just as good.

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Australia's largest student survey now underway 1 June 2011

Over 300,000 students will be asked to rate the nation’s vocational education and training system in the coming months as the Student Outcomes Survey begins.

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More students sign up for training: preliminary data 31 May 2011

About 1.8 million students enrolled in the national public vocational education and training (VET) system in 2010, an increase of 5.4% from 2009.

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Money makes the world go round? 27 May 2011

Low training wages for trade apprentices are not a deal breaker when it comes to completing their apprenticeship.

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Training completion rates released 26 May 2011

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) has released estimated national completion rates data based on enrolments in publicly funded training throughout 2007.

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Apprentice and trainee December quarter 2010 statistics released 24 May 2011

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released the Australian apprentice and trainee statistics for the December quarter 2010.

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Mixed results: Number of new tradies slows but remains high 12 May 2011

The number of people starting a trade apprenticeship has decreased compared with the previous three quarters of record commencements, but remains above levels recorded before the global financial crisis.

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Let's take another look at apprentice completion rates 9 May 2011

New estimates from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show that apprentice completion rates are higher when the data takes into account recommencements or ‘employer swapping’.

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Introducing VOCEDplus, the tertiary education research database 19 April 2011

VOCEDplus a free, international research database will be launched today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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Are pre-apprenticeships the answer? 31 March 2011

Giving would-be apprentices a taste of what to expect through pre-apprenticeship training does not necessarily lead to increased completion rates or course satisfaction.

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Apprentice and trainee September quarter 2010 statistics released 28 February 2011

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research has released the Australian apprentice and trainee statistics for the September quarter 2010.

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What skill shortage? The trades in economic downturns 18 February 2011

As Australia’s economy recovers following the recent slump, new research shows that there is no evidence of persistent skill shortages in the construction, automotive and engineering trades during economic downturns.

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Numbers of new trainees and trade apprentices mixed 17 February 2011

The number of people starting a traineeship reached an all time high in the December quarter 2010, but the number of new trade apprentices appears to have levelled off.

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Finding out future skill needs: employer survey 8 February 2011

Whether you employ butchers, bakers or candlestick makers, chances are that you will turn to the nation’s training system to provide you with skilled workers.

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Generation where? A profile of young people in education 3 February 2011

More than 1.1 million or 76% of 15 to 19 year olds nationally attended school, vocational education and training (VET) or university in August 2009, according to a new statistical report released today.

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Failing to plan could be planning to fail for young people 12 January 2011

For young people early career planning can mean the difference between reaching their full potential or falling short of the mark.

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Work & study: It makes dollars but does it make sense? 11 January 2011

Combining too much work with study can cost young people future job opportunities but the right work provides a valuable foot in the door, according to research published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

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