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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2007  
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Contents >> Education and Training >> Adult and community education (ACE)

ADULT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION (ACE)

ACE is the most decentralised of the education sectors. ACE courses range broadly from general interest, recreational and leisure activities, personal development, social awareness and craft, through to vocational courses and remedial education.

Much ACE activity complements the formal programs and qualification pathways provided by the school, VET and higher education sectors. Some ACE is provided by these sectors, but many programs are delivered by a variety of community providers.

ACE activity may be indicated by the 594,800 persons enrolled for study not leading to a qualification in 2005 (table 10.22). Half of these persons were enrolled in Creative arts or Society and culture studies, with 17% of males and 30% of females in Creative arts, and 27% of males and 24% of females in Society and culture classes.

Females comprised two-thirds (67%) of those enrolled in non-qualification study in 2005. Females outnumbered males in all fields of study except Engineering and related technologies (54% male). The female majority was greatest in Creative arts (78%), and Food, hospitality, and personal services (80%).

10.22 ENROLMENTS IN NON-QUALIFICATION STUDY(a) - 2005

Males
Females
Persons
Field of education
’000
’000
’000

Information technology
*7.8
12.1
19.8
Engineering and related technologies
27.3
23.0
50.3
Health
19.3
35.2
54.5
Management and commerce
23.1
49.3
72.4
Society and culture
52.6
94.8
147.4
Creative arts
33.3
118.3
151.6
Food, hospitality and personal services
*4.9
19.8
24.7
Other fields(b)
*10.8
14.5
25.4
Mixed field programmes
*7.2
*10.3
17.4
Field not determined
12.2
19.2
31.4
Total
198.4
396.4
594.8

(a) Persons aged 15-69 years who were enrolled for study not leading to a qualification.
(b) Includes: Natural and physical sciences; Architecture and building; Agriculture, Environmental, and related studies; and Education.
Source: ABS data available on request, 2005 Survey of Education and Training.


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