Participation in industry training

Why This Is Important

Participation in a knowledge-based society includes the learning and education of people over their lifetime. With rapid changes in society, economy and technology, skills can become outdated.  It is important that people can continue to access education after they have completed their initial education.

Industry training provides opportunities for ongoing development and updating of skills.  It concentrates on workplace-based learning which can be on-job, or off-job at a tertiary education provider, or a combination of both.

Industry training also takes place via apprenticeships.  Apprenticeships are employment-based education initiatives.  Apprenticeships offer a mentoring aspect as well as formal industry training that leads to recognised qualifications.  The Tertiary Education Commission funds the provision of support for apprentices, over and above that provided to other industry training learners.  An individual training programme is developed for each learner that specifies the qualification(s) and generic skills they will gain, and maps out how this learning will take place.

Industry training is designed by, and delivered in conjunction with, industry.  Government-funded industry training counts towards recognised qualifications.

Indicator

This indicator looks at the number of people in employment who enter an individual training agreement, often as part of an employment contract, which sets out their learning programme and goals.

This indicator includes three measures of participation in industry training:

  1. Total number of learners enrolled in industry training programmes.
  2. Industry training participation rate in the workforce:

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Numerator: 

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Total number of people enrolled in industry training programmes by gender, age group or ethnic group.

Denominator: 

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Total number of people in the employed workforce by gender, age group or ethnic group.

  1. Participation rates in industry training

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Numerator: 

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Total number of people enrolled in industry training programmes by gender, age group or ethnic group.

Denominator: 

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Total number of people in the population aged 16 to 64 years by gender, age group or ethnic group.

Interpretation Issues

As a result of changes to reporting systems, figures published before 2011 may not be directly comparable with data from recent years.  Numbers undertaking industry training are for the year ended December from 2000 onwards. Prior to this numbers were recorded as at 30 June.

Ethnic group is based on the ‘total response’ method of reporting.  That is, learners may be counted in more than one ethnic group.

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