Service Skills SA was contracted by Service Skills Australia to conduct a national consultation to create a clear industry position to maximise the career pathways and employment outcomes for youth from service industries VET in Schools programs.
January 2010 - October 2010
During 2009 Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) was seen as a critical area for action due to the involvement of a significant number of Australian students and the recent rapid growth of VETiS programs. While there has been huge growth in participation numbers, there was increasing concern about the quality of VETiS delivery and particularly, lack of employment outcomes.
The VETiS project aimed to provide clear guidance and resources to maximise the career pathways and employment outcomes for youth from VETiS programs relating to the services industries.
The strategy involved:
- Developing and establishing a clear industry position on VETiS
- Developing and distributing materials and resources for practitioners and policy makers.
An initial literature search and review highlighted the variety of interpretations of the term VETiS with each state locating VET in a different curricular context. This investigation also showed that there were no common standards around approval, regulation, resourcing, administration, delivery and monitoring of VETiS.
Consultations occurred across the country over a period of four months to gather critical information on industry position and best practice example of VETiS. The consultation process involved face-to-face consultations with peak industry bodies, enterprises, Boards of Studies and State Training Authorities. They were conducted in conjunction with the SSA Industry Advisory Committees for Enterprise representation and the state Industry Training Advisory Boards.
The industry consultation process found:
- Key stakeholders in VETiS have such fundamental differences in what they consider should be the purpose and expected outcomes that some wish to walk away or ignore this nationally critical skilling opportunity.
- Quality issues (not just limited to VETiS) were a key component of consultations. There is massive variability (excellent to indefensible) in VETiS modules across Australia.
- Many stakeholders expressed a desire for clear and explicit guidelines.
- The diversity across the services industries requires different VETiS pathways, industry engagement, links to regulation, award conditions considerations and workplace engagement, such that VETiS must be considered on an individual industry sector (training package) basis.
- There was a consistent strong message that VETiS should be focused on job skills
Graham Oades – Chief Executive Officer