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Engaging Employers and Developing Skills at the Local Level in Australia

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Local vocational education and training programmes serve as a valuable educational pathway to improve the transition from school to work. Within the VET system, quality apprenticeship programmes can provide employers with a skilled workforce that is more agile in a rapidly evolving global economy while also supporting new employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups.



This report focuses on how to better engage employers in apprenticeship and other work-based skills development programmes aligned with growing sectors of the local economy. A key part of this report was the implementation of an employer-based survey, which gathered information from over 300 Australian employers about their skills needs and barriers to apprenticeship participation. The report also provides information on four case studies, including Sydney Metro and STEMship in New South Wales, Collective Education in Tasmania, and the Dream, Believe, Achieve programme in Queensland. The case studies demonstrate how local organisations are building stronger business-education partnerships.

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The evolving role of vocational education and training at the national and local level

This chapter describes the recent trends in VET and apprenticeship training in Australia at the local level. Over the last decade, the share of young Australians earning a tertiary degree, including Short-cycle, Bachelor, Master’s, Doctoral or equivalent degrees, has been increasing and consistently higher than the OECD average. This chapter also summarises recent reforms related to VET and apprenticeship programmes. Different trends related to apprenticeship training are highlighted. The share of Australians in-training and completion of apprenticeship training has declined in the recent years. Some of the states that experienced the most decline in absolute numbers are New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

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