VET completion rates continue to improve

New data estimate that 49.4% of all government-funded vocational education and training (VET) programs started in 2015 will be completed, up from 44.7% for programs started in 2014, according to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Data in VET program completion rates 2011—15 use statistical techniques to estimate completion rates for VET programs funded by Commonwealth and state/territory governments.

“Estimated completion rates vary greatly by qualification level, ranging from 29.9% for programs at certificate I to 56.8% for diplomas and above”, said Dr Mette Creaser, National Manager Statistics and Analytics, NCVER.

By field of education, estimated completion rates for programs started in 2015 were highest in natural and physical sciences (63.4%), society and culture (59.6%) and health (58.8%).

The estimated completion rate for young students (aged 25 years and under) in full-time study with no prior post-school qualification, was 58.3%, an increase of 3.4 percentage points for programs started in 2014.

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The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews on Asia Skills Mission

The Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews  has completed a round of engagements, aimed at strengthening educational ties across India, Sri Lanka and Singapore.

Coinciding with Australian Business Week in India, Ms Andrews met with India’s Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Rajiv Pratap Rudy (pictured) to discuss collaboration in vocational education and training between the two countries.

“Australia and India have an enviable partnership, with 60,000 Indian higher education students choosing to study in Australia last year,” Ms Andrews said.

She also met with India’s Minister of State for Higher Education, Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey, to discuss opportunities in higher education.

In Singapore, the minister visited James Cook University’s Singapore campus and the Singapore Institute of Technical Training, working in conjunction with the Box Hill Institute of TAFE.

However, the trip didn’t attract bipartisan support. The Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships Senator Doug Cameron accused the minister of going “missing in India”.

“It beggars belief that the Assistant Minister for Skills decides to go to India during National Skills Week,” Senator Cameron said.

Get Qualified Australia ordered to pay $8 million penalty

The Federal Court today ordered Get Qualified Australia Pty Ltd (GQA) to pay an $8 million penalty for multiple breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) and its sole director, Mr Adam Wadi, to pay a penalty of $500,000.

This is one of the highest penalties ever awarded for breaches of the ACL.

Justice Beach stated that “the education sector has been infected by the parasitic practices of operators preying upon the vulnerable and the unwary” and that GQA’s conduct was “serious, extensive and deliberate”.

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