VET outcomes: what are we really talking about

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the need for outcomes in the VET sector, problematicaly there seems to be no consistency around what people mean be outcomes. For some people the outcome that is important is completion rates, for others it is employment rates or meeting skill shortages, or workforce development and retention. People are no longer talking about the same things when they talk about outcomes, and this is a very serious problem for the sector. Unless all of the parties involved can agree on what we mean by outcomes, we can’t hope to all be aiming for the same thing.

To me outcomes ate fairly simple, but to understand why it is that simple you need to understand what VET training means. VET is all about skills for industry, it is about providing business with the ability to up skill its existing workers and to train new workers. For my mind that is the purpose of VET training, employability, creating an environment where all Australians are able to up skill themselves to be part of the workforce of the future.

About pauldrasmussen
Paul Rasmussen is one of Australia’s most widely read Vocational Education and Training Commentators. He provides deep, unbiased analysis and insights not only on topical issues, but also on the underlying structure and policy which supports the industry. His writing and analysis has been praised for its uncompromising and thought provoking style and its ability to focus on the issues of real importance to the sector. He has advised various government departments and ministers, training providers, public and private organisations, not for profits and small to medium enterprises on the VET sector and the issues and opportunities facing it. He is one of Australia’s most awarded learning professionals and a regular speaker at a range of conventions and forums. His extensive experience in vocational education, and learning and development coupled with formal qualifications in philosophy, ethics, business and education management allow Paul to provide a unique view of the road ahead and how to navigate it.

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