Terrific Graduate Outcomes for MCC Students – NCVER Report
We are very pleased to share some highlights of independent, rigorous national research conducted recently. The National Student Outcomes Survey is a national annual survey undertaken by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). The Survey is sent by NCVER to students that complete full or part VET qualifications at all TAFEs, private RTOs and Community Education providers and reports on the quality and outcomes of their graduates.
More than 240 students from Macquarie Community College responded across 2018 and 2017. In 2018 we have seen further improvements in our already strong results of the previous year (2017) – and we have results that are generally better than the national average of all VET providers.
The table above shows the upward trend in our results over the years and a comparison to other providers.
Employment goals outcomes
MCC has students from a diverse range of backgrounds who study with us for a variety of reasons.
We, like many community colleges, are especially renowned for working with people that face barriers such as limited English and disadvantage such as unemployment or disability.
Our results show that we are actively and effectively helping our students, many of whom face barriers and disadvantage, progress along a training pathway to employment.
Of the students surveyed in 2018:
- 77.3% were undertaking training for employment-related reasons;
- 84.2% achieved their main reason for doing the training;
- 66.7% were not employed prior to training and more than 1/3 of them moved into employment after MCC training;
- 33.3% were employed prior to training and more than 1/3 of them were employed at a higher skill level after their MCC training;
- 61.5% were employed or enrolled in further study after their studies at MCC; and
- 80.1% of those employed after training found the MCC training relevant to their employment.
About the survey
The National Student Outcomes Survey is a national annual survey undertaken by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER). In 2018 the sample size for MCC was 102 and in 2017 was 139 of students who had completed their accredited VET studies in the prior year– our response rate of 41% is above the national average (36%) and is statistically significant. The survey is rigorously based on a randomly selected, stratified sample methodology with high levels of confidence and lows margins of error.