The report, released by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) found that 1.3 million Australians enrolled in government-funded vocational education in 2016.
The figure represented a 3.3% increase on enrollments from the previous year, suggesting that the Federal Government’s efforts to boost training opportunities are working.
The study found that 21% of 15 to 19 year old students participated in government-funded VET in 2016 while the number of Indigenous students increased by 12%.
In another positive finding, the number of students with a disability increased by almost 8%.
The report follows a raft of measures by governments, private industries and communities to boost training opportunities for Australian youth.
Perhaps the most significant of these was Federal Government’s announcement a $1.5bn Skilling Australians Fund in the 2017 Federal Budget
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said the fund will encourage “more people than ever” to consider an apprenticeship or traineeship.
“With an emphasis on strong accountability, transparency and the delivery of clear outcomes, the Fund will prioritise projects from the states and territories that support apprenticeships and traineeships in high demand occupations, trade apprenticeships, future growth industries, and rural and regional areas,” she said.
“The Fund will create 300,000 apprenticeships and traineeships over the next four years with federal, state and territory governments working together, as well as industry.”
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A new report says Australians are taking up government-funded training courses in increasing numbers.