In the long run degrees deliver

You now all those arguments unis set grads up for careers ahead of VET? They’re right

New research by Bridget Wibrow finds VET and uni completers starting in an occupation do the same jobs and are paid the same. But, and it is big but indeed, people “with a VET qualification may reach a ceiling in terms of progression and pay before those with a higher education degree.”

“In the long-term, those with higher education qualifications are seen to progress in the workplace as a result of the broader knowledge obtained during their degrees,” she writes in a new analysis for the estimable National Centre for Vocational Education Research.

To help VET qualified people progress Ms Wibrow suggests,

* pathways from VET to higher education qualifications

* consistency in recognition of VET quals

* “better and more accurate” career guidance