University-industry engagement

Missing links: the fragmented relationship between tertiary education and jobs

Leesa Wheelahan, Mary Leahy, Nick Fredman, Gavin Moodie Sophie Arkoudis and Emmaline Bexley (2012)

This report is part of a wider three-year program of research, ‘Vocations: the link between postcompulsory education and the labour market’, which is investigating the educational and occupational paths that people take and how their study relates to their work. It is specifically interested in exploring the transitions that students make in undertaking a second qualification (that is, whether they change field of education and/or move between the VET and higher education sectors). It also looks at the reasons why they decide to undertake another qualification. The authors use a combination of data from the 2009 Australian Bureau of Statistics Survey of Education and Training and interviews with students and graduates, as well as managers, careers advisors, learning advisors, teachers and academics, to examine these transitions. The finance, primary, health and electrical trades/engineering industries are used as case studies.

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Student load and employment outcomes attached to mid-level qualifi cations

Gavin Moodie and Nick Fredman (2013)

This technical paper is part of a wider three-year program of research, ‘Vocations: the link between post-compulsory education and the labour market’, which is investigating the educational and occupational paths that people take and how their study relates to their work. It is specifically interested in exploring trends in mid-level qualifications (diplomas, advanced diplomas and associate degrees) over time. The paper uses data on vocational education and training (VET) and higher education enrolments as well as student outcomes and destinations surveys to analyse these trends. It looks particularly at the share of student load of these qualifications by comparison with certificate IVs and bachelor degrees. The next part of the research will further investigate how mid-level qualifications are being used by different industry sectors in education and the workplace.

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