” Australia’s vocational education & training (VET) sector continues to deliver excellent results and outcomes for its students, industry and the economy at large. Yet, among the Australian public, perceptions surrounding vocational education continue to be widely out of step with the reality of the sector and its achievements.

Sandwiched between debates about university deregulation and private vs public school funding, vocational education all too often is relegated to forgotten child status, struggling to gain the media attention required for the public to understand VET’s unique abilities and ambitions. Further, the current overemphasis on academic and university pathways means VET pathways are often not given due consideration by high-school leavers.

As such, public awareness and recognition of the crucial role that VET can play and is playing—in training the Australian workforce with the skills required to grasp future industry opportunities—is poor.”