Can VET help create a more inclusive society?

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Author: Buddelmeyer, Hielke; Polidano, Cain


This is a summary of a research program undertaken for the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research between 2011 and 2014. The body of work, comprising six projects, focuses on the impact of education and training on social inclusion and labour market outcomes for disadvantaged learners. Here, 'disadvantaged' is used to encapsulate those from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals with a disability, those from non-English speaking backgrounds and Indigenous Australians. Highlights from the research...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Outcomes; Disadvantaged; Indigenous people; Equity; Disability; Language; Gender; Employment; Culture and society; Qualifications; Vocational education and training

Keywords: Socioeconomic background; Social inclusion; Educational level; Access to education and training; Outcomes of education and training; Casual employment

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2016

Physical description: 11 p.

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Also called: Can vocational education and training help create a more inclusive society?

ISBN: 9781925173314

The video presentation 'Is VET the panacea we think it is?' which summarises the research projects on this topic undertaken by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research is indexed at TD/TNC 116.1342.
The six related reports are all indexed in VOCEDplus:
'Educating oneself out of social exclusion' is indexed at TD/TNC 109.11.
'Early impacts of the Victorian Training Guarantee on VET enrolments and graduate outcomes' is indexed at TD/TNC 115.20
'The impact of disadvantage on VET completion and employment gaps' is indexed at TD/TNC 121.06.
'Studying beyond age 25: who does it and what do they gain?' is indexed at TD/TNC 109.27.
'Training and its impact on the casual employment experience' is indexed at TD/TNC 112.11.
'Does scored VET in schools help or hinder access to higher education in Victoria?' is indexed at TD/TNC 118.13.

Resource type: Report

Rights: With the exception of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, the Department's logo, any material protected by a trade mark and where otherwise noted all material presented in this document is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence. To view a copy of the licence visit:

Call number: TD/TNC 121.10

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