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Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is Australia’s official statistical organisation. Its aim is to assist and encourage informed decision-making, research and discussion within governments and the community, by providing a high quality, objective and responsive national statistical service. The website provides access to a wide range of statistical information about Australia and Australians some of which is freely available or available for purchase online.

Department of Education Training (DEST)

The Department of Education and Training is responsible for national policies and programs that help Australians access quality and affordable early child care and childhood education, school education, higher education, vocational education and training, international education and research.

Department of Jobs and Small Business 

The department aims to maximise the ability of unemployed Australians to find work, particularly those that face most severe barriers to work; and support strong employment growth and the improved productive performance of enterprises in Australia.



Colombo Plan Staff College for Technician Education (CPSC)

CPSC, a specialised agency of the Colombo Plan, is an international, regional and inter-governmental organisation formed to enhance the quality of technician education in the member countries of the Colombo Plan. The web site contains information about the organisation, member countries, corporate plan, training programs, programmes, projects and activities, with contact details provided.

Department for Education and Skills (UK)

In June 2001, the DfEE was restructured to form the new Department for Education and Skills. This Department has responsibility for education, training and life-long learning. Employment is now the responsibility of the Department for Work, Family and Pensions. The home page for the DfES contains: departmental addresses; departmental information; gateways to further information for Adult learners, Employers, HE Students, Jobseekers, Parents, School Governors, Teachers and Young people; Publications database; News centre; Speeches; Consultations; and Links. This web site is the UK’s equivalent to DEST in Australia.

Department for Employment and Learning (Northern Ireland)

The Department is one of the key channels through which the Northern Ireland Executive is working towards a vision of a peaceful, inclusive, prosperous, stable and fair society. It is responsible for third level education, training and a range of employment measures, all aimed at giving people the skills, knowledge and opportunities to work. The web site contains links to fruther information about research and statistics, Modern Apprenticeships, Lifelong learning, media releases, publications, services, employment rights, education and the Training and Employment Agency.

European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)

CEDEFOP is the European agency that assists policy-makers and practitioners of the European Commission, the Member States and social partner organisations across Europe make informed choices about vocational training policy. It is involved in promoting and developing vocational training of young people, and the continuing training of adults, primarily through European-wide co-ordination of analysis and research activities. The CEDEFOP website contains links to more detailed information about the Centre, current activities, the CEDEFOP directory, publications and the European Training Village.

European Commission Education & Training

The European Union is a forum for the exchange of ideas and good practice. It does not have a ‘common education policy’, nor a top-down approach. While each Member State remains responsible for the content and organisation of its education and training systems, the EU provides: Multinational education, training and youth partnerships; Exchange schemes and opportunities to learn abroad; Innovative teaching and learning projects; Networks of academic and professional expertise; A framework to address across-the-board issues, such as new technologies in education and the international recognition of qualifications; A platform for consensus, comparisons, benchmarking and policy-making. The web site is available in the following languages: English, Spanish, German, French and Italian. .

Solas (Ireland)

SOLAS is building a world class Further Education and Training (FET) sector to help fuel Ireland's future. Our Programmes are responsive to the needs of learners and the requirements of a changed and changing economy

International Labour Organization (ILO)

The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. It formulates international labour standards. It provides technical assistance primarily in the fields of: vocational training and vocational rehabilitation; employment policy; labour administration; labour law and industrial relations; working conditions; management development; cooperatives; social security; labour statistics and occupational safety and health. The ILO’s website includes: a list of member countries, information resources, information on the ILO Structure, Constitution and Declaration, plus details of ILO publications and access to online databases.

International Training Centre of the ILO – Turin

Established in 1964 by the ILO and the Italian Government, the non-profit body, International Training Centre (ITC) in Turin, Italy, is the training arm of the International Labour Organization (ILO). More information about the Centre, its publications, documentation and training areas may be found on the website.

Education & Skills Funding Agency

The ESFA brings together the former responsibilities of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) and Skills Funding Agency (SFA) to create a single agency accountable for funding education and skills for children, young people and adults.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

The OECD groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy. With active relationships with some 70 other countries, NGOs and civil society, it has a global reach. Best known for its publications and its statistics, its work covers economic and social issues from macroeconomics, to trade, education, development and science and innovation. Information on the the website may be browsed by topic which includes Ageing Society, Education, Economics, Employment and Social Issues. Access to Research and Statistics published by the OECD is available as well as secure online purchasing.

National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE)

NIACE, a non-governmental organisation for adult learning, is an England and Wales body (within Wales a specialist committee, NIACE Cymru, oversees the organisation’s work). It works in all fields of UK education and training, including local authority-organised provision, the further education college sector, higher education in universities and colleges of HE, employment-led learning involving both employers and trade unions, learning in the voluntary sector and through the media, especially broadcasters. The website contains links to further information about Publications, Campaigns and Promotions, Projects and Research, Conferences, Information services.

Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)

QCA is the guardian of standards in education and training in England. It works with others to maintain and develop the school curriculum and associated assessments, and to accredit and monitor qualifications in schools, colleges and at work. The QCA provides advice to the Secretary of State about the school curriculum, about ways pupils and students are assessed and about qualifications in both general education and training. On the website more information is provided about the QCA and its mission and corporate goals along with links to national qualifications, curriculum and assessment, research and statistics, publications and latest news.

Scottish Further Education Funding Council

The Scottish Further Education Funding Council (SFEFC), established in 1999, distributes more than £400 million of public money each year to 46 of Scotland’s further education colleges. The main functions of the Council are: funding for colleges to secure adequate and efficient provision of further education; monitoring the financial health of the sector; promoting continuous quality improvement and innovation in learning and teaching; offering guidance to colleges; and advising Scottish Ministers of funding matters. On the website there are links to SFEFC publications, media releases, Circular Letters, Funded institutions, SFEFC Council and further information about the Council and its functions.

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA)

SQA is the national body in Scotland responsible for the development, accreditation, assessment, and certification of qualifications other than degrees. This web site includes: information about the Authority; exams; qualifications; SQA news; accreditation and an interactive section which includes links to their publications, Quals database, exam timetable, web links and the SQA forum.

UNESCO – United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.

US Dept of Education – Office of Vocational and Adult Education

The Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE) supports a wide range of programs and activities that help young people and adults obtain the knowledge and skills they need for successful careers and productive lives. The OVAE website has information, research, and resources to help prepare young people and adults for postsecondary education, successful careers, and productive lives.

US Dept of Labor – Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

The Employment and Training Administration seeks to build up the labor market through the training of the workforce and the placement of workers in jobs through employment services. This website directs business, adults, youth, dislocated workers and workforce professionals to training and employment services. Employers will find information on several areas, including the setting up of an Apprenticeship Program; the benefits of doing so; and how to find applicants. 

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