Karen Lomas
October 10, 2018

Vocational Education and Training

Vocational Education and Training, or VET, is poorly understood by both students and parents.

In a recent survey it was found that:

  • 49% of students have a good understanding of university and,
  • 65% of parents have a good understanding of university. But,
  • only 19% of students understand VET options and,
  • only 27% of parents understand VET options.

I have written about the vocational and training sector before; about the funding issues and the concerns over private providers in the unregulated setting. However, there is at present a great deal of attention being paid to the loss of confidence in VET training and much needed reform is under way. The above statistics are concerning and students see part of the problem being due to the lack of information they receive from school. In the survey:

  • 52% of students said that they want access to unbiased advice, and
  • 46% claim that they face”too much pressure from school to enter university”, with only
  • 10% saying that they faced no pressure at all.

Vocational Education and Training study is a valid option for many students, but it is a poorly understood part of the higher education sector. I am happy to be able to help parents and their children to find out about the courses that exist in their area and that represent legitimate educational pathways. I am also unbiased towards any type of study path or institution. My service is person-centred, meaning fully focused on the individual, so I can be trusted not to put pressure on my clients.

Talk to me by emailing [email protected] to find out more about vocational education and training.



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