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Survey of Employer Views on Vocational Education and Training


Project Manager
Survey of Employer Views
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER)
99 Northbourne Ave, Turner, ACT 2612
Telephone (02) 6261 0019
Facsimile (02) 6230 0799
Email surveys_req@ncver.edu.au
Website www.ncver.edu.au


The Survey of Employer Views on Vocational Education and Training (VET) provides information on the views of employers on VET in Australia. For employers with recently graduated employees, their views have been sought on the quality and relevance of VET and for all employers, their characteristics, general views on VET as well as information on their organisation's training practices has been collected.


The survey covers all employers and data are available for the following employer groups:

    • employers with recent VET graduate employees (at least one employee who completed a VET course of at least 200 hours duration within the two years prior to the survey)
    • employers with VET graduate employees (who completed their training more than 2 years ago)
    • employers without VET graduate employees (no current employees who have graduated from a VET course of at least 200 hours duration).



National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Australian Vocational Education and Training Statistics: Survey of Employer Views on Vocational Education and Training, National Report.
National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), Survey of Employer Views on Vocational Education and Training: At a glance.

Data Service

Customised data are available in hardcopy or electronically.

Release Schedule

Data is usually available the following year.


All Employers
Number of employees
Whether has VET graduates
General views on VET
Level and type of contact with VET providers
Choice of VET provider and whether has sufficient information
Training practices of organisation

Employers with Recent VET Graduates
Number of recent VET graduates
Number who completed their training before commencing current employment
Number who completed their training after commencing current employment
Whether all or most were TAFE or non-TAFE trained
Name of training provider where most trained
Field of training
Type of training
Importance of selected graduate skills
Aspect of graduate skills they would most like to see improve
Satisfaction with each aspect of graduate skill
Overall satisfaction with graduates' skills
Importance of work ethic of graduates
Views on qualities work ethic comprises
Overall satisfaction with VET providers

A complete list of data items is available from the website.


Information is available for Australia and all States and Territories.


For all existing surveys, information has been collected from a sample of employers using the consultant's Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) system. A commercial sampling frame based on listings in the Yellow Pages has been used.


Reference Period

July to August.

Frequency of Collection


Historical Data

The survey has been conducted in 2001, 1999, 1997 and 1995. It was previously titled the Employer Satisfaction Survey. In 1999, employers with no employees with VET qualifications were included. The 2001 survey included information on employers of non-recent VET graduates and had additional information about employers' views on aspects of course delivery and graduates' skills.

Due to the development of new Key Performance Measures as part of the National Strategy for the VET System 2004-2010, the next survey will be modified to take a wider focus than previously. The survey is expected to be run in January 2005, and will be titled the Survey of Employer Use and Views of the Vocational Education and Training System.


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