IPWG Update: Overview of Education and Training 

SAE-A Newsletter - January, IPWG update: Overview of Mining and Metals 

by: Kelvin Clissold - General Manager, Professional Development


This sector provides education and development services to children, young people and adults both directly through government schools and indirectly through the regulation and funding of early childhood services, non-government schools and training programs. The Department of Education and Training is committed to ensuring Australians have the education and skills they need to contribute to the economic and social development of Australia. The sector delivers world-class education and training services for people at every stage of their personal and professional development. They are also committed to ensuring their education and training systems are aligned to the country’s employment, skills and economic priorities.

Sector information

Education and Training sector employs over 126,000 people nationally and contributes 1 per cent of the nation’s gross domestic product. The economic contribution of international students to the Australian economy is about $12.6 billion and their families of $14.1 billion annually. The education sector is the nation’s third biggest export earner behind coal and iron ore, outperforming travel, services (professional, business and technical), as well as exports of gold, crude petroleum and aluminium. The rapid growth of education and training sector over the previous decade has delivered significant economic benefits and employment opportunities. Over the year 2014 there has been more than 30000 job opportunities within this sector in Victoria only. 

Education & Training subsectors:

1. Elementary and Secondary Schools

2. Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools*

3. Apprenticeship training

5. Computer training

6. Educational support services

*Indicates that potential employment opportunities exist in the sub sector for automotive engineers transitioning

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