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Vocational Education and Training Workforce


  • Commission, Productivity

    () (Productivity Commission)


This Productivity Commission research report was released on 5 May 2011. This report, the first of a suite of three on the education and training workforce, focusses on the Vocational Education and Training workforce. Other reports will follow on the Early Childhood Development and Schools workforces, respectively. Education and training are essential to generate the skills and knowledge required for a productive economy. They also facilitate social inclusion and civic participation. COAG’s reform agenda seeks to raise the educational attainment of the population in general, and of Indigenous Australians in particular. The performance of the education and training workforce has a fundamental role to play in this. A diverse range of public and private VET providers meets many of the expectations of students and significant segments of industry. However, some industry sectors, such as aged care, disability care and early childhood development, have expressed concerns about the skills of VET workers assessed as competent by some Registered Training Organisations. The Commission identified a number of areas where the VET sector and its workforce could operate more effectively. These include being more responsive to the needs of Indigenous Australians, improving managerial and leadership skills and making greater use of informationand communications technologies. The report notes that existing industrial relations arrangements in TAFE make it difficult for individual institutions to respond flexibly to emerging demand pressures, such as in the resources sector and in human services. The Commission recommends that individual TAFEs be allowed to recruit, pay and manage their staff in ways that meet their particular business goals.

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  • Commission, Productivity, 2011. "Vocational Education and Training Workforce," Research Reports, Productivity Commission, Government of Australia, number 45.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:prodcs:0045

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    vocational education and training; VET workforce; vocational workforce; vocational education; training workforce; human capital; workforce planning; workforce capability; workforce skills; coag framework; dual professional;

    JEL classification:

    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • J44 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Professional Labor Markets and Occupations
    • J45 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets - - - Public Sector Labor Markets


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