ERIC Number: ED179776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Youth, Education and Employment.
To alleviate the economic problems of youth, the Australian Education Council has expressed the need for a comprehensive youth policy whose aim should be to provide young people with options in education, training, or employment. Facts show a declining rate of retention to completion of secondary schools for males due to the present low employment levels and increased unemployment benefits. Conversely, a sharper decline in full-time employment opportunties for females and a reluctance to accept unemployment benefits influences females to stay in school. Student enrollment directly from school at universities, colleges, and technical and further education (TAFE) institutions has declined; the shortage of jobs, less value placed on degress, and unattractive scholarship plans act as disincentives. A decline in full-time employment is almost offset by an increase in part-time job opportunities but, unemployment benefit policies discourage part-time work. Full-time students hold most part-time jobs. A youth policy will provide options which will make unemployment the least acceptable alternative as full-time employment opportunities decrease. Success depends on (1) responsible schools teaching the basic skills, (2) a counseling system emphasizing pastoral care, (3) a rationalized education and training allowance scheme, (4) institutional responsiveness, and (5) work opportunities. Too hasty emphasis on the role of vocational education and TAFE should be avoided. (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Education, Counseling, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Full Time Students, Nontraditional Education, Part Time Employment, Part Time Students, Policy Formation, Public Policy, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Student Financial Aid, Unemployment, Withdrawal (Education), Youth Employment
Lawrence Verry, Inc., River Road, Mystic, Connecticut 06355 (ISBN-0-85563-203-8)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
Note: Radford Memorial Lecture delivered to the Australian Association for Research in Education (Melbourne, Australia, November 9, 1979)