The Australian Vet Workforce

Did you know there are nearly 5000 Registered training organisations delivering VET qualifications nationally?

This includes approximately 73,900 TAFE employees and up to 541, 000 employees working in the non-TAFE sector. Employees included in these figures are a mix of trainers/facilitators, assessors, and other professionals and general staff across the public and private sectors.

VET trainers/facilitators and assessors are dual qualified possessing both industry and educational qualifications.

The VET sector plays a major role in the economic development of Australian workplaces. For this reason I will commence research into the impact technology has on the VET sector (educational staff) and non-vet sector (such as Australian workplaces) to determine its role in workforce capability and organisational learning and development.

According to data available through the Productivity Commission the most frequently studied VET qualification in 2009 was at Certificate III level. The most popular courses of study were management and engineering. These statistics are intriguing.

Initially TAFE was a major receiver of the public funds available but over the years this has changed dramatically. Public funds for VET studies are also available to schools, the private sector, not for profit organisations, enterprise training providers and of course the university sector.

Changing student demographics, skill shortages experienced at a local and national level and of course economic and policy factors are just some of the reasons why the role of the VET teacher has changed. Future posts will consider the changing role of teachers, the ever changing needs of their students and the new and emerging skills required by this sector.

So in brief…. watch this space

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