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Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy Issues Paper Response – Part 1

The Mackenzie Research Institute submission argues the questions in the Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy Issues Paper raises complex concerns that are directly impacted by a range of other factors such as industry investment, industrial relations, industry policy and the state of the economy. Clearly, an issue for vocational education is the amount of guidance the sector is given in regard to real employment needs for quality jobs.

This paper discusses the importance of a balanced workforce in the development of innovative, productive economies and socially inclusive societies. It focuses on the importance of the intermediate workforce. It argues that three education sectors (upper secondary, vocational and higher education) play complementary roles in skill formation and development, whether in supporting students to enter into further education and/or gain employment.

A central issue raised in the paper relates to the contribution that post-secondary education makes to productivity and occupational mobility, particularly regarding transitioning from low skilled work to intermediate skills and raises issues based on evidence about the effectiveness of this framework.

Since 2000, upper secondary and tertiary education in Australia has been planned around issues of productivity, transitioning from a manufacturing to a service economy, and ensuring that the appropriate skill mix, in terms of effectiveness and efficiency, were available to industry. Increasing year 12 completions and uncapping access to university education underpinned our skills formation framework.

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Part 1 

Date
May 2020 

Author 
Bruce Mackenzie Mackenzie Research Institute 

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