Poor course choices impact later jobs: BCA

October 01, 2018

Too many young people are making poor choices about their studies, choosing courses without the prospect of working in the field or earning salaries commensurate with their qualifications, Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott says.

This is exactly the message Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi gave to the Senate in a speech earlier this year saying higher education must be more keenly focused on employment and remuneration outcomes.

The council is pressing for broader debate on the future of tertiary education, saying the current system contains perverse incentives for people to pursue university over vocational education and lacks the flexibility needed for lifelong learning.

“There is no common information base that allows people to choose between a VET provider or a university that gives them the information they need about the course, the likely cost, the loan, the job prospects or what they’ll earn,” Ms Westacott told The Australian.

Ms Westacott, who will argue the council’s case for reform of ­tertiary education at the Melbourne Institute/The Australian Economic and Social Outlook Conference next week, said rapid change in the nature of the workplace demanded a much more flexible education system.

The Conservative Party's South Australian Senate candidate, Rikki Lambert says powerful vested interests want to maintain the status quo.

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