Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualifications are gaining popularity among international students seeking enhanced employment prospects. The latest report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) reveals a significant improvement in employment prospects for international VET students in 2022 compared to the previous year.
The NCVER report indicates that 83.0% of international onshore VET graduates secured employment after training in mid-2022, a 7.5% increase from 2021. Moreover, the percentage of international VET students who reported better employment status after training surged by 8.9%, reaching 73%. These figures present an optimistic outlook for international students who consider vocational training a viable means of accessing improved employment opportunities in Australia.
According to Simon Walker, the Managing Director of NCVER, in 2022, 66.1% of people who were previously unemployed were able to secure a job after VET training. It marks a significant increase of 7.4% from 2021 and 21.5% from 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic, a higher percentage of international onshore VET students found employment in Australia after training in 2022 than in the previous four years. Walker attributed this rise in employment opportunities for international VET students to easing COVID-19 border restrictions in the country and removing the limit on student visa holders’ working hours in 2022.
NCVER Report Reveals Motivations of International Onshore Qualification Completers
According to the latest NCVER report, 72.3% of international onshore qualification completers undertook training for employment-related reasons, 24.7% for personal reasons, and 3.0% for further study. Developing or starting their own business was the most commonly cited reason for training, with 23.0% of international onshore qualification completers stating this.
It also highlighted that 90.6% of international onshore qualification completers achieved their primary training goal in 2022, which is an improvement of 1.7% from the previous year. Interestingly, a higher percentage of those who trained for personal development reasons (93.5%) achieved their primary training goal compared to those who trained for employment-related reasons (89.6%). These findings provide valuable insights into the motivations and outcomes of international onshore qualification completers.
Challenges Faced in Job Search and Further Study Outcomes
The report found that only 56.1% of completers were searching for work after training, a decrease of 3.1% from 2021. However, of those who were looking for work, 82.3% experienced at least one barrier during their job search, which is still a significant challenge.
The most frequently mentioned barriers were:
- The lack of available jobs due to COVID-19
- Not having the required permanent residency or work visa
- Insufficient work experience
- Low salary
The pandemic-induced job shortage, once the primary hurdle for job seekers, has significantly improved, down 14.1% from 2021. Meanwhile, 49.5% of international onshore qualification completers pursued further studies after training, a decline of 5.1% from the previous year. Of those who continued their studies, 48.5% chose to continue their studies in Australia, down by 4.6% from 2021.
Increased Training Satisfaction Amid COVID-19 Challenges
The NCVER report also shows that international onshore qualification completers are increasingly satisfied with their training providers. The report highlights that 87.2% of completers were satisfied with the overall training, an improvement of 1.8% from last year. Furthermore, 82.9% of completers are likely to recommend their training provider. These findings demonstrate that international onshore qualification completers are increasingly content with the quality of their training and the institutions providing it.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, 58.2% of international onshore qualification completers had to switch to online training. Additionally, 19.1% of completers experienced a delay in their work placement.
Most (90.8%) international onshore qualification completers engaged in online learning during their training. Among them, 85.6% expressed satisfaction with the support provided by trainers during the online learning process, while 83.2% were pleased with the overall quality of their online experience. However, 43.3% encountered at least one challenge with online learning. For those who faced challenges, the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of face-to-face interaction with trainers were the two most frequently mentioned difficulties.
Positive Employment Outcomes of International Onshore VET Graduates: Benefits for RTOs
Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) are crucial in providing international students with high-quality education and preparing them for successful careers in Australia and overseas.
The increase in employment outcomes of international onshore VET graduates can be a valuable tool for RTOs like you to attract more enrolments. You can update your course offerings to meet the employment-related training needs of international VET students. You can also partner with employers to provide work-based learning opportunities and integrate online learning platforms to enhance accessibility.
It’s essential for RTOs to regularly review and align courses with current industry demands to ensure that your students receive the best education possible and are prepared for their future careers.
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