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Revealed: Employers’ Use and Views of the VET System

We know that employers use VET to deliver a structured program designed by industry experts to coach students through the specific skills that the industry needs. But do they find it useful, what do they use it for and are they satisfied with the outcome?

In their latest report, NCVER has published a report analysing exactly this – employers’ use and views of the VET system, along with their level of satisfaction in 2019 compared to 2017. This infographic provides a quick snapshot of the way in which employers are engaging with the VET system for their training needs.

Reference: Employer Use and Views of the VET System 2019 by NCVER

The different ways in which Australian employers use VET includes offering jobs with vocational qualifications, hiring apprentices and trainees, and using nationally recognised training. Other findings from the report include:

  • 61% employers had either some difficulty or a lot of difficulty recruiting employees. This was either because of limited applicants (55.6%) or because they encountered a shortage of skilled people (53.5%).
  • While the number of employers relying on VET for their training needs had dropped by a small percentage, 51% were still using it to train employees.
  • 34% of employers had jobs that require vocational qualifications, and 72% of them were satisfied that vocational qualifications provide their hires with job-relevant skills.
  • 23% of employers had apprentices and trainees and the top reasons for hiring them were to get skilled staff and improve their skills, and to fill a specific role in the organisation.
  • 20% employers arranged or provided their employees with nationally recognised training, but majority do it because of legislative, regulatory or licensing requirements (55%)
  • Out of the employers who use nationally accredited training, 79% were satistied with nationally recognised training.
  • 49% of employers relied on unaccredited training to provide employees with skills required for the job, to meet highly specific training needs and to meet professional or industry standards.

But what does this all mean?

The number of employers using VET to make their hires job-ready has seen a slight decline, as has the employer satisfaction level with the quality of nationally recognised training. However, the VET sector is still used by a large majority of employers who are satisfied with the level of training. This is a postive endorsement that the VET sector is providing the skills that employers need, for their employees to be productive.

On the other end of the spectrum, almost half of employers rely on unaccredited training. This indicates there are areas where the VET sector isn’t meeting employer needs, potentially due to rapidly changing workforce requirements, time constraints, or cost.

It is more important than ever to gain employer feedback and find out what parts of the VET sector are irrelevant or not current, and make changes to the sector that ensure relevance for years to come.

To download the full report, click here.