VET FEE HELP accounts for only 6% of all enrollments
November 16, 2015 4 Comments
So when I commented on the recent release of the Total Vet Activity data from NCVER I said that one of the issues with the data was the fact that it didn’t capture or have a way of delineating VET FEE Help Data from other data within the set. While this still remains true if we look at the statements made by NCVER’s Managing Director about the data and in particular his comments about TVA and the VFH data from the Department of Education we can see some interesting information.
Firstly lets just look at the raw 2014 figures;
- 3.6 million enrolments in VET programs
- 492,000 enrolments in Diploma of above programs
- 217,000 VET FEE Help enrolment in Diploma or above programs
So what does this data tell us?
- Only 44% of all programs at a Diploma level or above were VFH assisted.
- VET FEE Help programs accounted for only 6% of all VET programs in 2014
There is of course some other interesting data that can be found in the Department of Educations statistics on VFH for 2014. The Data is not the easiest to interpret as some of the spreadsheets take a little bit of looking into to see exactly what they are saying, but if you are interested you can take look for yourself. For me the interesting things that come out of that data particularly when taken in conjunction with the TVA data are;
- 95,000 or 43% of all enrolments were done by the 5 largest VFH providers, Evocca, NSW TAFE, Careers Australia, Study Group and AIPE
- The 10 largest VFH providers account for 55% of all VFH enrolments
- The other 260 or so providers account for only 45% of all VFH enrolments
- The 4 largest providers each have enrolments double or more than the number of enrolments for the fifth largest provider
Now while there is a lot of argument around the accuracy of completion rates and how the data is set collected etc, here are a few interesting items.
- RMIT (not one of the big players) seems to have the highest number of completions at around 2,300 which appears to be about 50% of its enrolments
- TAFE NSW, 2200 completions or what appears to be about 10% of its VET FEE Help enrolments
- Careers Australia, 1192 completions or what appears to be 7% of its VET FEE Help enrolments
Now as I said whether or not we can really actually say anything from these enrollment and completion figures remains to be seen, particularly when we see the next lot of completion figures for 2015 and if we see a marked increase in those rates.
So where does all of this leave us in relation to TVA and VFH? I am not really sure and the problem with the statistics is that you can use them to say a lot of things, but I think the one thing we can safely say is that the actual number of people accessing VFH in relation to the overall numbers of VET students if quite low and as I have said before, if it wasnt for the amounts of money that seem to be floating around I suspect that this whole thing would not have even rated a mention in most of the newspapers and media outlets let alone almost daily coverage.
Anyway that’s just my opinion