Engagement with the Australian VET sector continues to grow

Media release

22 August 2017

The latest release of Total VET students and courses 2016 published by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) provides an estimate of the nature and extent of vocational education and training (VET) reported by 4279 Australian training providers.

The report shows that training was delivered to some 4.2 million people in Australia and overseas, an increase of 4.9% from the previous year.

“The data show the diversity of training delivered by Australian training providers, spanning full-time programs taken over several years, to short ‘skill set’ programs and single subject enrolments”, said Dr Craig Fowler, Managing Director, NCVER.

It also shows the participation rate of VET students in Australia is around one in four Australians aged between 15 and 64 years, with participation highest among 15 to 19 year olds at 46.2%.

Management and commerce remains the most popular field of education despite a 5.8% decline in program enrolments, with health recording the largest year on year growth, increasing by 30.3% in 2016.

Copies of Australian vocational and education statistics: Total VET students and courses 2016 are available from https://www.ncver.edu.au/publications/publications/all-publications/total-vet-students-and-courses-2016.

This work has been produced by NCVER on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Department of Education and Training.

Media contact: Deanne Loan, T: 08 8230 8496, M: 0413 523 691