The impact of additional educational qualifications for early school leavers

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Author: Gorgens, Tue; Ryan, Chris

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Australia. Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST)


The study examined the impact of acquiring post-school vocational and technical education (VTE) qualifications on young people’s labour market outcomes by around their mid twenties. Separate analyses were undertaken of the impact for young people in general and for those who experienced a substantial period of unemployment before completing the VTE qualification. The study found that VTE qualifications significantly improved the employment outcomes of both Year 12 completers and early school leavers, as well as for those who experienced lengthy periods of unemployment. The increase...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Vocational education and training; Youth; Qualifications; Outcomes; Research; Participation; Students; Statistics; Employment

Keywords: Outcomes of education and training; Research project; Longitudinal study; Dropout; Statistical analysis; Longitudinal data; Transition from education and training to employment; Entry into working life

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: DEST, 2006

Physical description: iii, 45 p.

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ISBN: 0642776091; 0642776105 (online)

Statement of responsibility: Tue Gorgens, Chris Ryan

Resource type: Report

Document number: TD/TNC 86.520

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