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4211.0 - Education and Training Newsletter, October 2013  
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Update on Education and Training Surveys


Childhood Education and Care Survey
Learning and Work Survey
Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies
Survey of Education and Work
Work Related Training and Adult Learning Survey – coming soon




CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE SURVEY

The Childhood Education and Care Survey (CEaCS) is conducted every three years as a supplement to the Labour Force Survey. This survey collects data on the type of care usually attended by children aged 0 to 12 years, requirements for additional preschool or formal care, patterns of child care attendance and child care costs, together with information about the employment, educational attainment and income characteristics of parents. The publication also presents characteristics of children aged 0 to 8 years through the collection of information about informal learning activities.

The most recent survey was conducted in June 2011 and results were released in May 2012.

The ABS is currently developing the next CEaCS to be conducted in June 2014.

The latest data can be found in:
Childhood Education and Care Survey, Australia, 2011 (cat. no. 4402.0)

Detailed datacubes in spreadsheet format, including national time-series and state/territory data, are available in:
Childhood Education and Care, Australia, Datacubes (cat. no. 4402.0.55.003)

For more information, contact National Information Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au



LEARNING AND WORK SURVEY

The four yearly Learning and Work Survey was conducted throughout Australia during the 2010–11 financial year as a component of the Multi-purpose Household Survey. Data collected include the level and field of each qualification, year of completion and whether the qualification was attained in Australia. Information was also collected on the relevance of each qualification to a person’s current job, the impact on working life in the first six months after completion and cultural background. Further data include demographic characteristics, labour force participation and personal/household income.

The survey was conducted during the 2010–11 financial year and results were released in February 2012.

The ABS is currently developing a new edition of the survey to be known as the Qualifications and Employment Outcomes Survey (QEO). This survey will be conducted in 2014–15.

The latest data can be found in:
Learning and Work, Australia, 2010-11 (cat. no. 4235.0)

For more information, contact National Information Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au



PROGRAMME FOR THE INTERNATIONAL ASSESSMENT OF ADULT COMPETENCIES

The Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and collects information on skills and competencies of people aged 15 to 74 years in three domains: literacy, numeracy and problem solving skills in technology-rich environments. The PIAAC survey, also known internationally as the Survey of Adult Skills, compared adult skills and competencies across countries and within countries across demographic categories, regions, sectors of industry, and levels and fields of education.

The ABS was funded to conduct PIAAC in Australia by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

The survey was conducted between October 2011 and March 2012. The main results were released on 9 November 2013, following the OECD launch of the first international report on PIAAC on 8 October 2013. An expanded CURF is available through the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL).

In addition to the 1st PIAAC international report, the OECD is conducting a series of thematic reviews and analytical papers on the results of PIAAC.

The latest Australian data can be found in:
Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, Australia, 2011-2012 (cat. no. 4228.0)

The latest international data is available from the OECD website at www.oecd.org.

For more information, contact National Information Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au



SURVEY OF EDUCATION AND WORK

The Survey of Education and Work (SEW), conducted in May each year in conjunction with the Labour Force Survey, collects information on educational participation and attainment, labour force status and the transition from education to work. This publication includes analyses on participation rates, educational attainment and the transition from education to work for apprentices and trainees.

The most recent survey was conducted in May 2013 and results will be released in November 2013.

The latest data can be found in:
Education and Work, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 6227.0)

Detailed datacubes in spreadsheet format, including time series data for national performance measures, are available in:
Education and Work, Australia - Additional data cubes, May 2012 (cat. no. 6227.0.55.003)

A new product, Survey Table Builder is now available to enable users to run customised tables directly from SEW microdata from their desktop. This is in addition to the Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) that is available every two years. See Microdata: Education and Work, Australia.

For more information, contact National Information Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or email education.statistics@abs.gov.au




WORK RELATED TRAINING AND ADULT LEARNING SURVEY- coming soon

The Work Related Training and Adult Learning Survey (WRTAL) was conducted in April 2013. The first publication is to be released in December 2013. This survey collected information on non-formal education, that is, structured learning that does not lead to a qualification. The focus was on work-related training but it also included questions on other non-formal learning (adult learning). This survey recognised that much of what people learn is not necessarily gained through the formal education system.

This survey was developed in consultation with major users, including relevant Commonwealth and State government departments and agencies to meet a data gap in regard to work-related training and adult learning.

The survey will be repeated on a four-yearly basis with the next iteration scheduled for 2017.


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