Recently, the Skilling Australia Foundation released our latest research report “Perceptions Are Not Reality: myths, realities & the critical role of vocational education & training in Australia”.

The vocational education and training (VET) sector is the key to future proofing Australia’s economy, says Nicholas Wyman, CEO of the not-for-profit Skilling Australia Foundation.
“Political and business leaders often bemoan Australia’s perennial social and economic problems, but it is clear the VET sector can play a significant role in resolving them,” he said on the cusp of the release of the report. The Skilling Australia Foundation and McCrindle Research produced the report with funding support from Citi Australia.

A copy of the report can be downloaded here:

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The Skilling Australia Foundation report tackles myths about the VET sector, which is often considered the “poor cousin” of universities. Australia’s VET sector, far from preparing students for low-skilled, low-paid or low-future work, produces highly skilled graduates with remuneration and employment outcomes comparable to – and sometimes surpassing – those of university graduates.

The report shows there is currently an array of respectable, well-compensated, upwardly mobile careers that don’t require a university education. These jobs exist in progressive, fast-growth industries, such as healthcare, bio-tech and cyber security, agriculture, information technology and service industries, such as tourism and hospitality. Unfortunately, vocational study has a history of being seen as less respectable than attending university. This must change.

The VET sector is well-known for partnering with industry and government to equip people, particularly younger people, with workplace specific skills and knowledge which aim to meet current and future employment demands.