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The VET Roadmap - Opinion piece

The VET Reform Roadmap was released recently by Council of Australian Governments (COAG) following consultation with senior skills officials. The VET Reform Roadmap includes a detailed plan to ensure that VET qualifications meet the skill needs of the economy, productivity and growth, and support social inclusion through foundation literacy, numeracy and digital educational opportunities. The VET Reform Roadmap has also identified some issues in the sector that are concerning, such as inconsistency of VET assessment and hence authenticity of some qualifications.

There is no discussion, however, about the links between upper secondary education and VET. For year 11 and 12 students, VET is a declining proposition. Whether completers or non-completers, if students do not go to university, their primary destination is into low paid temporary jobs. If a key purpose of VET reform is to overcome disadvantage and strengthen occupational relevance, its greatest challenge is in reforming VET lower level qualifications.

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March 2020

Bruce Mackenzie Mackenzie Research Institute 

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