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2022 NCVER Report Shows Growth in Employment Outcomes for International VET Students

International VET Students Employment Outcomes

Attention all registered training organisations! The Vocational education and training (VET) qualifications in Australia are becoming an increasingly attractive option for international students seeking better employment outcomes. According to the latest report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), the employment prospects for international VET students have improved significantly in 2022 compared to the previous year.

According to the report, 83.0% of international onshore VET graduates were employed after training in mid-2022, an increase of 7.5% from 2021. The report also shows that the percentage of international VET students reporting an improved employment status after training increased by 8.9% from 2021, reaching 73%. These figures are encouraging for international students who see vocational training as a pathway to better employment opportunities in Australia.

Employment Outcomes of International VET Students in Australia: A Closer Look

Interestingly, international students undertake VET training in Australia mainly for employment-related reasons (72.3%), with 23.0% of respondents citing the desire to develop or start their own businesses. Meanwhile, 24.7% enroled for personal reasons, and 3% want to further their studies.

The report shows that 76.1% of international VET students who completed a qualification already had a job before starting their training in Australia. After completing their training, 18.9% of them got employed at a higher skill level, while 41.3% took on a better job. These figures represent an increase of 4.4% and 4.8%, respectively, compared to 2021.

The results were even more impressive for those who were unemployed before training. The report shows that 66.1% of individuals who did not have a job before training were able to secure employment afterwards. This is an increase of 7.4% from 2021 and 21.5% from 2019, which was before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overall, 83.0% of international VET students who completed onshore qualifications found employment after their training, a 7.5% increase from 2021. Of these, 81.3% were employed in Australia and 1.6% in other countries.

Satisfaction and Challenges for International VET Students

The report also shows that in 2022, satisfaction with training among international onshore qualification completers has improved. Specifically, 87.2% of them were satisfied with the training overall, which is an increase of 1.8% from 2021. Additionally, 82.9% of these students are likely to recommend their training provider, up by 2.0% from 2021.

During their training, most (90.8%) of international onshore qualification completers learned online. Among these, most reported high satisfaction with the support they received from their teachers/trainers during online learning (85.6%) and with the overall quality of their online learning experience (83.2%).

However, a significant number (43.3%) encountered challenges while learning online. The most commonly cited challenges were related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of in-person interaction with trainers.

Employment Barriers

Even though the report shows positive results for international VET students, there is room for improvement in ensuring they achieve the best outcomes after completing their qualifications.

More than half (56.1%) of international students who completed their onshore qualifications were job seekers at some point after their training. Out of those looking for work after training, 82.3% faced obstacles in finding employment, which is a 7.0% decrease from 2021. The most commonly reported barriers were due to the following:

  • COVID-19 causing a lack of available jobs (37.0%, down 14.1% from 2021)
  • Not having the required permanent residency or work visa (32.7%, down 4.7% from 2021)
  • Insufficient work experience (23.3%, same as 2021), and
  • Low salary (17.0%, up 3.2% from 2021)

This latest report from the NCVER is great news for international students looking to study VET qualifications in Australia. The significant increase in employment opportunities for international VET students in 2022, compared to 2021, is a positive sign for the future of international education in Australia. It is also a reminder that VET education is an excellent pathway for international students seeking to improve their employment outcomes in Australia.

More Opportunities for RTOs

The positive trend in employment for international onshore VET graduates is an encouraging sign for RTOs. As more international students choose to undertake VET qualifications in Australia, you can expand your delivery and cater to the growing demand.

To meet the needs of international VET students seeking employment-related training, RTOs can review and revise their course offerings to ensure they are relevant and up to date with industry demands. This may involve partnering with employers to provide work-based learning opportunities or integrating online learning platforms to increase accessibility for international students.

RTOs can also focus on improving their student support services, such as career counselling and job placement assistance, to help international VET students achieve their employment goals after completing their VET qualifications.

Furthermore, RTOs can leverage the positive outcomes highlighted in the NCVER report to market their training services to international students, emphasising the high employment rates and improved career outcomes associated with studying VET qualifications in Australia.

As the demand for VET continues to grow in Australia, RTOs can play a crucial role in providing high-quality training that meets the needs of international students and prepares them for successful careers in Australia and beyond.

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