VET qualifications: who is more likely to complete and why?

Field of education, labour force status and course qualification level are the three main factors to predict whether a vocational education and training (VET) student is likely to complete a qualification, according to new research released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

People participate in VET for a variety of reasons and at different stages of their lives, with analytics of some 2.4 million course enrolment records from 2011 and 2012 providing evidence of those factors, influencing the likelihood of completing a VET qualification.

The outcomes point to good practice interventions that would increase the likelihood of course completions.

The characteristics of those most likely to complete and the main drivers for completion are now available in an interactive and easy to access data tool, available here

The new tool shows that students enrolled in a certificate I or II qualification are among those less likely to complete, while students in apprenticeships or traineeships and those students who enrol full-time are more likely to complete their VET courses.
Additionally, VET programs that include a mix of delivery modes such as online lessons, classroom delivery and employment-based learning also increase the likelihood of completion.
The research used data collected from students who commenced government-funded VET qualifications in 2011 and 2012 at certificate I level and above, and data from the National VET Provider Collection.

To view the tool and supporting document, click here

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