Student Outcomes Survey results including impact of COVID19

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) have published the 2020 Student Outcomes Report, outlining key findings and trends between 2019 and 2020 VET Student data.  This year the report is different as it includes trends in employment outcomes due to COVID19, and the results are interesting.

The report presents findings in three different streams:

  • Australian Students who completed, or partially-completed, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification
  • Australian Students who completed, or partially-completed, a Vocational Education and Training (VET) skill set or accredited course
  • Australian Students who completed a non-Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject-only course

Some results from surveying Students who completed, or partially-completed, a VET qualification, worth mentioning;

  • More than half reported an improved employment status after completing their qualification. This was almost 10% lower than that reported in 2019. Turns out, of these Students who did complete, one third later enrolled in further study, which saw a 2.7% increase in comparison to 2019.
  • When it comes to student satisfaction, 88.4% of students surveyed, who completed a qualification, were satisfied with the overall quality of the training. This may be just a tiny increase of 0.3% since 2019, however it shows improvement.
  • It was also noted that 21.2% of students surveyed who did not complete their chosen qualification was due to personal reasons, while 14.7% did not complete because they changed jobs or started a new job. However, in saying that, over a quarter of the students that didn’t complete later re-enrolled in further study, which was a whopping 16.4% increase compared to 2019.

So were these partial-completion figures heavily influenced by COVID19? Or are we seeing VET Students proactively re-evaluating their career paths and study options?

Of the students surveyed who either completed or partially completed a qualification, an average of 20% had lost their job, and 12.9% had their hours increased, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Read the report here if you want to know more.