Paths to Pathways: VET provision for educationally disadvantaged groups

Year: 1996

Author: Angwin, Jennifer

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper will present some interim findings of an Australian National Training Authority Research Advisory Council (ANTA RAC) funded project undertaken at Deakin University this year. The research aimed to investigate the reasons for young people, some of whom are early school leavers with low levels of educational attainment, who are not in full time employment and do not participate in Vocational Education and Training (VET). The reasons for this lack of participation appear complex and multi faceted and under researched. The Corio area of Geelong has been identified as having high numbers of young people in this situation. As with other similar areas in Australia, current VET provision does not appear to be meeting the needs of these young people. The area has a range of VET provision from the ;local TAFE and a number of private providers. Geelong has been adversely affected by labour market reconstruction. Many of the industries which used to provide vocational education and training for young people have closed and new employment opportunities have not been established. The project aimed to involve these young people in the research task itself, by preparing the young people to become participant researchers and to interview young unemployed young people from different backgrounds. As well local VET providers and employers were interviewed, to gain a number of perspectives on training and employment opportunities in this area. The research findings will inform VET providers, schools and employers as to the barriers to participation that these disadvantaged young people experience.