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Training activity




Enrolments

In 2012, there were a total of 8,760 enrolments in government funded, accredited vocational training courses aligned specifically to the Agriculture sector in Victoria.
In addition to these, in 2012 there were a further:


  • 480 enrolments aligned specifically to Forestry

  • 5,190 enrolments aligned to Amenity Horticulture

  • 1,690 additional enrolments in Animal Care and Management on top of the ones included in this report

  • 1,430 enrolments in Conservation and Land Management courses.

Between 2011 and 2012, enrolments across Agriculture related courses increased by 4.5 per cent, and by 41.9 per cent since 2008.



Table 4.1: Government subsidised enrolments in Agriculture and related courses, 2008 to 2012








2008


2009


2010


2011


2012


% change 2011-2012

Agriculture


6,180

6,020

6,540

8,390

8,790

4.5

Forestry

1,310

1,190

1,020

670

480

-27.9

Amenity Horticulture

5,170

4,920

5,470

5,600

5,190

-7.4

Animal Care and Management


1,200

1,230

1,530

1,450

1,690

16.2

Conservation and Land Management


1,490

1,380

1,870

1,870

1,430

-23.6

Source of data for all tables, graphs and text in this section, unless otherwise specified, is: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), Higher Education and Skills Group, Skills Victoria Training System (SVTS) - Government funded enrolments, accredited (state or national) qualifications only (excludes foundation training), February 2013.


Note: all enrolment data is rounded to the nearest 10.

Qualification levels

In 2012, 14 per cent of enrolments were at the Certificate II level; 51 per cent at Certificate III level; 22 per cent at Certificate IV level; 10 per cent at Diploma and 2 per cent at Advanced Diploma level.
There were only a small number of enrolments at the Certificate I level, with this qualification level representing only 0.6 per cent of enrolments in 2012 (50 enrolments) – mainly in Certificate I in AgriFood Operations.
Over time, the proportion of qualifications undertaken at Certificate III and IV has increased, with corresponding declines at Certificate II and Diploma. The primary reasons for this are a decline in enrolments in Certificate II in Agriculture, and a resultant increase in enrolments for Certificate III in Agriculture, and at the higher level, a decline in enrolments in the Diploma of Agriculture, and an increase in Certificate IV in Agriculture.

Figure 4.1: Proportion of enrolments by qualification level in Agriculture courses



100%
80%
3.3

21.0


11.9
3.7

21.2

9.5
3.0

18.5


13.0
2.6
12.8

14.7
2.2


9.7

22.4


60%


40%


39.9
36.1

34.7
48.9


51.4




20%

23.4


29.2

30.2

20.7

13.7


0%

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012





Advanced Diploma or above

Diploma


Certificate IV

Certificate III



Certificate II Certificate I



Apprentices and trainees

In 2012, just 0.4 per cent of enrolments in Agriculture-related courses were Apprenticeships, and all of these were in one course – Certificate III in Farriery. Of these, four-fifths are in the 15-24 age group. A further 20 per cent were Traineeships – a proportion which has grown over the past five years to now represent around a fifth of Agriculture-related enrolments (around 1,780 enrolments – up from 840 in 2008).
The courses attracting the highest proportion of Traineeships in 2012 were:


  • Certificate III in Agriculture – 610 enrolments – 34.1 per cent of all Traineeships

  • Certificate III in Production Horticulture – 410 enrolments, 22.9 per cent of all Traineeships

  • Certificate II in Agriculture – 210 enrolments, 12 per cent of all Traineeships

  • Certificate IV in Agriculture – 120 enrolments, 6.5 per cent of all Traineeships

  • Certificate II in Shearing – 70 enrolments, 4.3 per cent of all Traineeships.



Figure 4.2: Apprenticeship and traineeship enrolments, 2008 to 2012









Highest enrolments by course

In 2012, highest enrolments by course were in:


  • Certificate III in Agriculture (2,920 enrolments)

  • Certificate IV in Agriculture (1,310 enrolments)

  • Certificate III in Production Horticulture (910 enrolments)

  • Certificate II in Agriculture (610 enrolments)

  • Diploma of Agriculture (520 enrolments)

  • Certificate IV in Production Horticulture (450 enrolments).



Specialised and ‘in-shortage’ occupations

There are three occupations in the Agriculture sector that are supported by the vocational training system that were categorised as specialised/‘in shortage’ in 2012.
By comparing enrolment levels with employment + replacement demand figures to 2016-17, some broad messages at the State level can be established with regards to whether government-subsidised enrolments in Agriculture-related training courses are currently in-line with industry needs.
Current employment estimates at the four-digit ANZSCO level (the lowest level at which forecast employment and replacement demand data is available) suggest a maximum employment + replacement demand of around 10 per year for Metal Casting Tradespersons within the Agriculture sector, which includes the occupation of Farrier. Current enrolments, almost all of which are undertaken as apprenticeships are in-line to meet this specialist occupational need.

Table 4.2: Enrolments by specialised/‘in shortage’ occupational areas, 2008 to 2012



ANZSCO


code

Occupation


2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

In shortage?

Specialised?


Average annual employment needs


Enrolments in-line with industry needs?


234111

Agricultural Consultant

110

120

260

250

90






50



234112

Agricultural Scientist










70

50







322113

Farrier

50

40

30

40

40






10





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