Why choose vocational education and training (VET)?
Vocational education and training is an exciting and valuable choice for learning. Here are a few reasons why.
Businesses are looking for people who have skills that will help their business grow and meet the demands for future skill needs. Undertaking vocational education and training, or "VET", provides you with skills that are nationally recognised and often sought after locally and interstate, even overseas in many cases. Rising employment opportunities and skill shortages within a number of professions and industries in Tasmania makes this an ideal time for people who are looking for work to think about VET.
Vocational education and training can help anyone translate their passions and interests into practical skills and knowledge leading to rewarding employment and diverse and fulfilling careers. Qualifications have been developed with the specific goal of preparing learners with skills for work. VET focuses on skills that help people to not only join the workforce for the first time, but also re-join after a break from work, upgrade their current work skills or gain skills that will help them move into a different career.
Anyone can undertake learning through VET including those who are vulnerable or experiencing disadvantage. It is available to everyone, regardless of gender, family or cultural background, level of ability or experience, or current job status.
VET training does not always take place in a traditional classroom, it can also be undertaken in the workplace, at a community location, online or through other flexible delivery methods. The length of learning varies too. Apprenticeships and traineeships combine work with structured training over time. However, if you’re just after some new skills, there are plenty of shorter-term options and everything in-between. Certificate I-IV courses range in length from 6 months to 4 years.
VET provides something for everyone. Courses range from basic life skills, like literacy and numeracy training, all the way up to advanced diploma therefore offering a pathway into further study at university. If you want to undertake learning in particular occupations, such as floristry and automotive, these are available only through VET. There are a wide range of courses and industries from semi-professional (business, advertising, occupational health and safety) to practical (viticulture, music, hospitality). You can even take a VET course for a personal interest or hobby.
Myth or Fact?
According to a research project conducted by Skilling Australia Foundation and McCrindle Research in May 2017, there are misconceptions about the value of VET learning. Here are a few interesting statistics:
# 1 VET graduates earn low wages.
VET graduates earn wages comparable to, if not exceeding, that of university graduates.
# 2 VET graduates struggle to find work.
VET graduates have a higher employment rate than university undergraduates. More than 78% of VET graduates are employed after training.
# 3 VET is a thing of the past.
VET courses have adapted more readily to changing workforce needs.
# 4 VET only caters for traditional trades.
VET qualifications number over 500 covering a wide range of industries (from nursing to business to agriculture to tourism and many more).
# 5 VET is a second choice education system.
VET is highly valued by industry and can be a pathway to university.
To find out more about this research, read the full report (Perceptions Are Not Reality: myths, realities & the critical role of vocational education & training in Australia).