Evaluation of the Vocational Training and Employment Centre (VTEC) Programme

Sector: Vocational Education and Training
Client: Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C)

Introduced in 2014, VTEC was designed to support employment outcomes for the most disadvantaged Aboriginal jobseekers through the delivery of vocational education and training (VET) and employment services specifically designed for Indigenous people.

This formative/ process/ early impact evaluation examined VTEC delivery in 16 regions across four Australian states and territories in two stages.

The first stage of this evaluation used program data to identify:
•    Trends in take-up and outcomes of the VTEC model; and
•    How and why participation and outcomes varied by a range of factors and context in contrast with other services.

Data analysis was conducted using MS Excel, applied to program data to produce descriptive and inferential statistics; and data analysis/statistical software STATA was applied to program data to create a probit model (econometrics) on the probability of achieving the program’s milestone, and to estimate the marginal effects of participants’ characteristics.
The second stage of the evaluation utilised a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods to analyse:
•    The effectiveness of VTEC service delivery across locations, stakeholder groups and contexts, including the factors that impact service delivery;
•    How the program impacted upon key stakeholder groups and their communities;
•    The interaction of the VTEC model with the wider community and other Commonwealth Government employment programs; and
•    The transferability of the VTEC model across various contexts.
Data for the second phase was collected via:
•    Participant observation;
•    Semi-structured personal and group interviews, community roundtables and focus groups;
•    Online surveys collecting qualitative and quantitative datasets; and
•    Narrative inquiry using ‘Photo Voice’.
Thematic-coding techniques were applied to qualitative survey data; and triangulation of all data was executed to validate the analysis.
A comprehensive report was prepared for the client that included a range of evidence-based findings and recommendations. Following completion of this project Miles Morgan was appointed to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s preferred provider Collaborative Evaluation, Research & Planning Panel.



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