The role of VET in the (dis)placing of migrants’ skills in Australia

Susan Webb, Miriam Faine, John Pardy, Reshmi Roy

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    Vocational Education and Training (VET) in a policy and institutional sense plays an important role in the migration experiences of people who settle in Australia. This article draws on qualitative empirical work using narrative accounts from VET practitioners along with across section of ethnically diverse migrants to reveal how race and ethnicity are central to and constitutive of the experiences of both humanitarian and skilled migrants in Australian VET. The articl eemploys critical race theory (CRT) building on research developed by others in the Journal of VET to analyse these experiences and the role of VET and labour markets in this process of (dis)placing migrants’skills. The article argues firstly, that skilled migrants are not absent in VET, but are rather rendered invisible in a policy sense. Secondly,CRT provides a theoretical resource for coming to grips with how, in a marketised Australian VET context where institutional responses to skilled migration can either be beneficial or exploitative, practices privilege advantaged groups and are always at once culturally loaded.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)351-370
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Vocational Education and Training
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • leadership of VET
    • management of VET
    • policy issues
    • race/ethnicity
    • Vocational education & training

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