The VET in Schools (VETiS) program has a high success rate of putting students in jobs, a new study has found.
Conducted by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), the study found that five years after participating in a VETiS program, 78 per cent of students were in a job, while 29 per cent were also studying.
National Apprentice Employment Network chief executive Lauren Tiltman welcomed the study, which she says demonstrates the benefits of vocational education and training in Years 9–12.
“It is encouraging to see that this fresh perspective on the national data reaffirms the finding that VET in Schools programs open doors to careers and further study, and play a critical role in addressing youth unemployment,” she said.
“Group training organisations have played a key role in VET in Schools programs for many years and have seen, first hand, the strong employment and retention outcomes they achieve.”
The NCVER study also found that many students go on to complete further training in the same fields as their VETiS studies.
Of the VET students, about 10 per cent went on to university to attain a bachelor degree.
“VET in Schools programs open doors to many students because they expose students to the world of work and encourage ‘employability’ skills, as well as improved numeracy and literacy,” Tiltman said.
“These findings should add weight to policy and programs that encourage students to look at vocational pathways while still at school.”
Tiltman said the report validated the fact that VET programs increased provided valuable skills for the workforce and increased employability among participants.
“The key finding of the NCVER study, that 78 per cent of VETiS students were in a job, is a strong affirmation of how these programs directly contribute to jobs and skills creation; It also found – and this shouldn’t be a surprise – that there is a strong connection between the area of study and the area of occupation after leaving school,” she said.
“We see on a regular basis the progression of young people through school, into formal vocational training, possibly an apprenticeship or traineeship, and onto a well-paid job. It’s something that has a huge benefit.
“These programs expose young people at school to the possibilities that exist in the world of work, and give them a taste of what might be open to them.
“There are multiple benefits including improved engagement and retention in school, an understanding of vocational pathways, development of ‘employability’ skills, and improved numeracy and literacy skills.”
Tiltman said VETiS was unique in that it provided hands on work experience at a young age and could assist students in visiting workplaces and learning how to apply for a job in their field of interest, and make career choices.
“For students, VETiS programs put into context what is being taught at school and why. It becomes motivating for students, particularly those at risk of dropping out.
“VETiS programs open doors. They expose students to work, industry, skills and employers.
“There is a real opportunity for students to get a taste of what a possible career might be like while still at school.
“Anyone thinking of a VETiS program should speak with their school career counsellor or contact their local group training organisation who can help advise on the choices available.”
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