ERIC Number: ED456253
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
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Student Level Factors That Influence the Employability of TAFE Graduates over Time: A Partial Least-Squares Analysis.
Afrassa, Tilahun Mengesha
Student level factors influencing the employability of technical and further education (TAFE) graduates over time were examined. Student Outcomes Survey (SOS) data were collected from 4,673 South Australian 1998 TAFE graduates and 2,819 South Australian 1999 TAFE graduates. Some students were employed (part time or full time), whereas others were unemployed. Some were employed before starting the course, some were also employed during the course, and some were unemployed. The data sets were subjected to partial least squares path analysis. The analysis established that those more likely to be employed after graduation from TAFE were the following: students who began the TAFE course while still enrolled in secondary school or within 12 months after leaving school; students who were employed before starting the course; graduates who provided vocational reasons for taking the course; students who were employed during the course; and graduates who received higher qualifications from the course. Employment status before and during TAFE training was thus a strong factor influencing employment status. Although the weakest effect for both groups was qualification from the course, the higher qualification proved better for employment. The qualifications received from TAFE produced the best employment results when supported by work experience during and/or before training. (Contains 19 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Employment Level, Employment Patterns, Employment Potential, Enrollment Influences, Factor Analysis, Foreign Countries, Influences, Least Squares Statistics, Outcomes of Education, Performance Factors, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Student Characteristics, Student Employment, Vocational Education, Work Experience
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