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Extension and the VET sector : time for closer alignment?

Kilpatrick, Sue and Millar, Pat 2006, Extension and the VET sector : time for closer alignment?, International journal of training research, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 1-21.

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Title Extension and the VET sector : time for closer alignment?
Author(s) Kilpatrick, Sue
Millar, Pat
Journal name International journal of training research
Volume number 4
Issue number 2
Start page 1
End page 21
Publisher Charles Sturt University
Place of publication Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1448-0220
Summary Extension (industry training) and VET (the formal vocational education and training system), each vital to Australia's education and training for agriculture, have developed as separate domains. Recent research suggests that the potential of closer alignment should be further explored. Extension provides usually non-certified courses to primary producers. The VET sector involves accredited training in a quality- assured national framework. Despite subsidy incentives for producers to access VET, they are increasingly interested in the short courses and flexible delivery offered by extension. This paper explores implications for improving outcomes from investment in training and for rural capacity building from a project in which a sample of management level extension courses across Australia was analysed for the extent of alignment with VET. 84 percent of these extension courses are mapped to training package competencies. The potential is there for VET to capture new enrolees for its diploma and advanced diploma courses. Closer alignment between sectors would facilitate this process.
Language eng
Field of Research 130199 Education systems not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020406

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Vice-Chancellor and Presidents Office
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