Australian Vocational Education and Training

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This essay discusses on the Australian vocational education and training (VET) as a formal learning system that is intended for out-of-school youth who are past secondary education. It explores the drivers that shape the economic, social and political contexts in which VET was established like human capital theory, changing nature of work, globalisation, lifelong learning and the learning society. The paper analyses and evaluates the VET strands and mode of delivery and argues that VET is a good channel for out-of-school youth to be mainstreamed to the job industry but the mode of delivery is not sustainable. The experiences of VET practitioners interviewed and the researches on disengaged learners and reasons of early leavers were used to…show more content…
According to Dyson and Keating (2005) the development of RPL has been connected with lifelong learning internationally and the development of competency based qualifications or national qualifications frameworks in some countries. The objective of promoting learning has been strongly indicated by the recent European Union (EU) initiative on the substantiation of non-formal and informal learning.
Also, the Australian government in collaboration with DepEd and other institutions perceive that we are now living in a learning society where continuous learning is necessary; may it be acquired through formal or non-formal education. According to Field (2002) one key characteristic of learning society is that majority of the citizens have become permanently learning subjects and that their performance as adult learners is at least in part responsible for determining their life chances; and an indicator that learning society exists is that non-formal learning pervades daily life and is given much importance. DepEd has the mandate though VET that out-of-school youth will be provided basic education and be helped to determine their life chances as they will be mainstreamed to formal education and are encouraged to finish vocational or bachelor’s degree courses.
Furthermore, VET curriculum has five learning strands or learning areas, namely: (i) communication skills (ii) problem solving and critical
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