REPORT: Improving VET outcomes for disadvantaged learners

Training providers may improve VET outcomes by taking a more regional approach to course offerings and institutional learning support. 

That’s the recommendation from a report released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

The report, Improving Participation and Success in VET for Disadvantaged Learners, highlights the need to customise support strategies, making them available to all students. 

“Skills needs and disadvantage can vary by both type and level across different parts of the country,” said Dr Craig Fowler, Managing Director, NCVER.

“As VET is often administered by governments and communities along regional boundaries, this study offers some interesting considerations for VET policy and practice.”

Dr Fowler said training providers can see benefit in building relationships  with local employers and service agencies.

“This assists in understanding the types of disadvantaged students within their local community and also what employment opportunities are available, allowing them to tailor their course offerings and support strategies,” he said.