Aligning the Extension and Vocational, Education and Training Sectors

  • 77 pages

  • Published: 27 Nov 2006

  • Author(s): Kilpatrick, Sue, Millar, Pat

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This report brings together available information about the sectors, and moves on to new ground by asking: Should the two be better aligned?

Pathways between the sectors are generally present for those wanting to move from extension training to VET. Eighty-four percent of extension courses in the sample reported here were aligned with training package competencies. VET qualifications are not yet seen as useful for marketing by many extension providers or Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) that are targeting current farmers for management level training while the main motivation for aligning extension to VET competencies at present is financial. Options identified in this report will assist CVCB stakeholders in designing policies and programs that make efficient use of industry resources to provide practical, quality training for primary producers. It will also provide information that will assist providers of extension and VET in making informed decisions about whether and when to align the sectors.