VET in school students on the rise

New data shows the number of school students undertaking vocational education and training (VET) as part of their secondary education has risen by 2.2 per cent to 235,800.

VET in Schools 2019 shows there were 17,100 school-based apprentices and trainees and 218,700 students undertaking other VET in Schools programmes in 2019.

Simon Walker, Managing Director pf the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) said Certificate II qualifications continue to be the most popular with 56.2 per cent of VET students enrolled.

Walker said: “Tourism, travel and hospitality was again the most popular training package, capturing the interest of 14.2 per cent of VET in School students, followed by business services and sport, fitness and recreation.”

In trend terms, the relative mix and levels of enrolments by industry Training Packages has remained fairly stable over the last five years.

However the number of VET in Schools students enrolled in the information and communications technology training package has halved between 2015 and 2019.

Picture: The Smith Family/BAE Systems Australia

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