School-Based Vocational Education and Training
24 Jul, 2019
A recent review of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools by the South Australian Government has found a number of problems with student access to school-based vocational training, as almost half the state’s small to medium businesses indicate a vocational skills shortage.
There are many positives to VET programs in schools, with graduates enjoying high employment rates – for some trades, this is as high as 92 percent – as well as higher starting salaries and better overall wellbeing when compared to non-trade employment and university graduates.
The review also found that in order to ensure the skills passed on to students through VET programs are relevant, stronger partnerships between schools and industry are required. Greater work experience and work placement opportunities for students would also prove beneficial, giving students greater opportunities to become job-ready.
In response to the vocational skills shortage, the State Government is looking to increase demand for VET programs in schools to help address business requirements. It has already made moves to create more flexible study arrangements which allow Year 12 VET students to spend more time in the workplace while completing their SACE.
Small to medium business have made it clear they need job-ready graduates, and it is up to schools, RTO’s and industry to work together with the State Government to increase access and employment outcomes for students undertaking VET programs while at school.