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Latest Data Shows Increases in Short Course Training and VET in Schools

Latest Data Shows Increases in Short Course Training and VET in Schools image

There were 1.2 million students enrolled in government-funded vocational education and training (VET) in 2020, up by 3.5% when compared with 2019, according to a new report released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The Government-funded students and courses 2020 report provides information on the number and characteristics of students undertaking government-funded VET in Australia during 2020.

Government-funded program enrolments increased from 2019 by 2.6% to 1,408,100.

For students undertaking nationally recognised VET, the majority (77.8%) were enrolled in training package qualifications.

There were some considerable changes observed in ‘short course’ training, when compared with 2019. The number of students enrolled in government-funded:

  • training package skill sets increased by 215.6%
  • locally developed skill sets, comprising at least one nationally recognised subject, increased by 65.6%.

The significant increase has largely been driven by government-funded short course training activity reported from one jurisdiction.

A total of 1527 training organisations delivered government-funded VET in 2020, including TAFE Institutes, other government providers (such as universities), private and community education providers.

Additionally, the most recent data also shows that the number of students undertaking VET in Schools has increased by 2.3% in 2020, compared with 2019.

The VET in Schools 2020 report released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) presents information on vocational education and training undertaken by school students as part of their Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (SSCE).

The latest figures show that:

  • there were 241,200 VET in Schools students in 2020
  • 7.4% were school-based apprentices and trainees
  • over half (54.4%) studied a Certificate II qualification, and
  • tourism, travel and hospitality continued to be the most popular training package, studied by 13.7% of all VET in Schools students in 2020.

Access the full reports via the links below:


Date posted Jul 29, 2021

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