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Does education and training for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders lead to 'real' jobs? Evidence from the 2011 Census

Guenther, John Ch. and McRae-Williams, Eva (2014). Does education and training for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders lead to 'real' jobs? Evidence from the 2011 Census. In: AVETRA 17th Annual Conference, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 22-24 April 2014.

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IRMA ID 84279116xPUB303
Author Guenther, John Ch.
McRae-Williams, Eva
Title Does education and training for remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders lead to 'real' jobs? Evidence from the 2011 Census
Conference Name AVETRA 17th Annual Conference
Conference Location Surfers Paradise, QLD
Conference Dates 22-24 April 2014
Conference Publication Title AVETRA 17th Annual Conference Proceedings : Informing Changes in VET Policy and Practice: The Central Role of Research
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association (AVETRA)
Publication Year 2014
ISBN 9780980527537   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 11
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DIISR)
Abstract Issues of education, training, welfare and economic engagement of remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have been a significant concern for some time and have been part of past and present governments’ ongoing ‘Closing the Gap’ agenda. While the issue of training for jobs is an ‘old chestnut’, it is worthwhile revisiting what the evidence tells us about the links between education, training and employment, particularly for those living in very remote Australia.
This paper draws on 2011 Census data about very remote Australia. It compares the qualifications of three cohorts of the population: non-Indigenous people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who speak English at home, and those who speak their own language. It is sometimes suggested that ‘real’ jobs are available to those who achieve a Certificate III. What the analysis shows is that many jobs in very remote Australia are taken by people who have no post-school qualifications and that training
is not always a good predictor of economic participation.
The authors propose that the implications of this analysis have consequences for VET policy and practice as it applies to very remote communities where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders live. They suggest that aside from other considerations, in these
contexts training and employment needs to be more connected to the cultural norms and values of people—particularly those who speak an Indigenous language.
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