Viewed from the margins: navigating disadvantage and VET

14 August 2018

By George Myconos, Eric Dommers and Kira Clarke, 2018

The experiences of young early school leavers undertaking vocational education point to broader issues of equity and access in the sector.


Australia’s VET sector is one part of a safety net catering for a large number of disadvantaged Australians. Although disadvantaged students depend on it to provide the skills, qualifications, networks and psycho-social resources they need, the sector struggles to respond effectively.

George Myconos, Eric Dommers and Kira Clarke explore the experiences of young early school leavers undertaking vocational education to illuminate broader issues. They argue that policymakers and provider communities must first affirm equity and access as central to the sector’s core business. They point to changes that might enable the VET sector to better meet the needs of early school leavers, and indeed all disadvantaged learners.

Download their paper Viewed from the margins: navigating disadvantage and VET (PDF, 212 KB)

Access other papers in Vocational education for the 21st century: a series of policy discussion papers produced by the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne.

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