Australian Jobs 2021
Education and Employment
There are many options when you are leaving school, or are entering or re-entering the workforce at an older age. For some people, the thought of further study is exciting, but for others it isn’t a viable or favoured choice.
If you are considering gaining additional qualifications, there are two main training pathways for you to consider.
- The Vocational Education and Training (VET) system develops workplace-specific skills and knowledge by delivering nationally recognised training. VET includes publicly owned TAFE institutes, private providers (including enterprise and industry providers), community organisations and schools. It provides training for a vast array of occupations, including highly skilled Technician and Trades Worker roles.
- Australia’s higher education system is made up of universities and other institutions that offer undergraduate degrees and higher qualifications. Higher education is the pathway to a range of jobs, including the most highly skilled Professional occupations.
Employment and training decisions should be based on a variety of factors including aptitude, interests, expectations of pay and working conditions, training and goals.
Educational attainment is rising
The number of people undertaking tertiary training is increasing and more of the workforce now holds post-school qualifications. In 2020, 64% of Australians aged 15 to 64 years held post-school qualifications (up from 57% in 2013), with growth recorded in both VET and higher education qualifications.
Post-school qualifications are beneficial in today’s jobs market
People with higher level qualifications generally have better employment outcomes than those who have not completed further education after leaving school.