Does education and training for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders lead to ‘real’ jobs? Evidence from the 2011 Census

Guenther, John and McRae-Williams, Eva (2014) Does education and training for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders lead to ‘real’ jobs? Evidence from the 2011 Census. In: 17th AVETRA International Conference: Informing changes in VET policy and practice: The central role of research, 22-23 April, Surfers Paradise QLD.

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During the 2013 federal election campaign, Tony Abbott made a commitment that will see “indigenous Australians receive practical training with a guaranteed job at the end of it”. While the issue of training for jobs is an ‘old chestnut’, it is worthwhile revisiting what the evidence tells us about the links between education, training and employment, particularly for those living in very remote Australia.

This paper draws on 2011 Census data about very remote Australia. It compares the qualifications of three cohorts of the population: non-Indigenous people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who speak English at home, and those who speak their own language. It is sometimes suggested that ‘real’ jobs are available to those who achieve a Certificate III. What the analysis shows is that many jobs in very remote Australia are taken by people who have no post-school qualifications and that training is not always a good predictor of economic participation.

The authors propose that the implications of this analysis have consequences for VET policy and practice as it applies to very remote communities where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders live. They suggest that aside from other considerations, in these contexts training and employment needs to be more connected to the cultural norms and values of people—particularly those who speak an Indigenous language.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Field of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130108 Technical, Further and Workplace Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Research Collaboration Area: Education
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 22:52
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2015 22:52

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