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Vocational, Adult and Workplace Education

Vocational, Adult and Workplace Education

Overview

The Vocational, Adult and Workplace Education (VAWE) services unit at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) aims to promote and design evidence-based educational tools and services, support vocational learners and workplace professionals, with a focus on lifelong learning.

VAWE works with Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), educators and trainers to gather a range of evidence that is the basis for implementing effective policies and practices to improve the quality of vocational education and training (VET) outcomes for learners. VAWE’s work and programs are targeted at enhancing learner’s engagement with the important educational aspects of VET.

Expertise includes:

  • youth and adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and support
  • measuring quality outcomes and benchmarking services
  • careers and vocational recruitment assessments
  • curriculum and standards development
  • teaching, learning and professional development and consultancies
  • surveys on pathways and transitions
  • policy and program evaluation.

ACER’s annual national adult language, literacy and numeracy assessment conference

ACER holds annual LLN conferences. The 2014 conference is titled Foundation skills and lifelong learning – what does the evidence from international assessments tell us about improving work and life skills? Further information is available here.

Below are videos of some of the highlights from the 2012 and 2013 conferences.

Adult literacy and numeracy skills

Results from the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, an assessment developed with the support of ACER and released in October by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, were addressed in a report in the Australian Financial Review. Read the report at www.afr.com

Low literacy and numeracy skills hurt Australians and the economy

The existence of large numbers of Australians with low literacy and numeracy skills has a negative impact on individuals, the economy and productivity, according to experts from the ACER.

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Lessons from international assessments

Dave Tout explores what can be learned from international assessments of adult literacy and numeracy skills.


The post-school transitions of Indigenous learners

Through its involvement in surveys, reviews and analysis at the state and national level, ACER has gained insights into the pathways available to, and taken by, young Indigenous Australians after they leave school.


VAWE news

A new article about international assessments such as ALLS and PIAAC.

Tout, D. 2013, ‘Part 1: Lessons learnt from international assessments’, Fine Print, Vol. 36, Issue 2, pp. 17-22

Events

ACER is running the first of a series of webinars addressing issues related to adult literacy and numeracy in 2014. See details below:

Topic: 'Teaching the "N" in LLN'

Presenter: Jim Spithill, ACER Numeracy Test Developer

Date: April 15 2014

Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Cost: Free

Register

National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment Conference

Foundation skills and lifelong learning – what does the evidence from international assessments tell us about improving work and life skills?

Further information available here.


 

Core Skills Profile for Adults

The CSPA is a new online assessment of adult LLN skills

Register your interest to attend a demonstration of the Core Skills Profile for Adults


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