Analysis of high use training package qualifications across providers - diversity and performance

Commenced
April 2017
Estimated publish date
January 2018
Principal researcher(s)
Dr Patrick Korbel
Quantitative Analyst, NCVER
Research sponsor - NCVER / Department of Training and Workforce Development Western Australia
Contact
Dr Patrick Korbel patrick.korbel@ncver.edu.au 08 8230 8459

Project purpose

The project continues to make use of the comprehensive data provided by total VET activity (TVA) and provides new insights into the operation and nature of the market that were not possible previously. Previous work has shown that a high proportion of VET students are enrolled in a limited number of training package qualifications delivered by multiple providers.

This research proposes a detailed dissection and comparison of the similarities and differences between the delivery of these ‘popular’ qualifications across all providers in the system. This will help governments, industry and providers understand the diversity of delivery across providers, in the courses with the highest enrolments in the VET system, at a more nuanced level.

We will explore the VET system by examining the nature of the delivery of a selection of the most commonly used training package qualifications. The top 20 training package qualifications (by number of enrolments) make up almost a third of all enrolments in training package qualifications. It is important to understand how they are being delivered and the differences in delivery to help guide funding decisions by jurisdictions and the optimal targeting of government investment.

Research questions

  • What is the nature of the delivery of the most commonly used training package qualifications (e.g. students and enrolments per provider, hours of delivery per student)?
  • How does the nature of the delivery of the most commonly used training package qualifications differ across the range of providers delivering those qualifications (e.g. spread of students and enrolments per provider, etc.)?
  • What, if any, are the differences in ‘normal’ delivery between different types of providers?
    Are there any notable cases of exceptional practice across the most commonly used training package qualifications and types of provider?
  • What are the key differences in the nature of delivery across the most commonly used training package qualifications and what are the likely causes and implications for the VET system (e.g. the targeting of funding and investment)?

Methodology

This project will use provider-level total VET activity data for each separate qualification, i.e. data aggregated at the provider-level such as number of students, average hours of delivery per student and proportions of male and females students for each qualification and in each provider. 2016 total VET activity data will be used and the top 20 training package qualifications (by number of enrolments) will be examined. This will be supplemented by information from the latest Student Outcomes Survey.