Supporting pathways in learning and life: non-accredited training within the New South Wales Adult and Community Education (ACE) program


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Author: Cloutman, Jim


While accredited education is a mainstay of the New South Wales (NSW) Adult and Community Education (ACE) sector's delivery of quality training, in recent years non-accredited programs have been playing an increasingly vital role within the range of courses offered by the colleges. ACE forms part of an approach by state governments to providing lower-cost and/or fee-free training to students, particularly those from a disadvantaged background, who are interested in pursuing vocational education. In NSW, as well as allocating funds to more traditional vocational education, a proportion of...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Adult and community education; Pathways; Participation; Disadvantaged; Outcomes

Keywords: Unaccredited training; Community college; Trend; Barrier; Outcomes of education and training; Perception; Competence; Client satisfaction; Employability; Job searching; Employment outcomes; Soft skills; Social inclusion; Social capital; Recommendations; Research needs

Geographic subjects: New South Wales; Australia; Oceania

Published: Sydney, New South Wales: NSW Department of Education, 2021

Physical description: 50 p. (report) + 8 training resources

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Statement of responsibility: Prepared by J. E. Cloutman for the NSW Department of Education

Accompanying the research was the development of non-accredited training resources designed to aid students to overcome at least one psychological barrier to employment and help minimise at least one labour market obstacle. These resources, to be distributed across the college network, are available at:

Resource type: Government report or paper

Document number: TD/TNC 146.374

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