ERIC Number: ED456258
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
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School Non-Completers: Outcomes in Vocational Education and Training.
Ball, Katrina; Lamb, Stephen
The vocational education and training (VET) outcomes of Australian school-leavers were examined. School non-completers identified in the 1995 national cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) were tracked annually from 1995, and their school experiences, educational attainment, and postschool participation in education, training, and work were recorded. Information was collected from LSAY respondents regarding their participation in VET and supplemented with data from the national VET provider data collection managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. The study focused on the VET activities and achievement of school noncompleters in the initial years beyond high school (roughly to age 19). Special attention was paid to the effects of the following factors: gender; early school achievement; school type; ethnicity; indigenous status; geographic location; socioeconomic status; parents' education; median household income; proximity to a technical and further education institute; and unemployment rate of resident locality. The results suggested that the VET sector is meeting the needs of the group of non-completers who are in trade-related apprenticeships or Australian Qualifications Framework certificate level III courses. Non-completers who were low achievers at school and those who were from low socioeconomic backgrounds were the least likely to participate in VET. (MN)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Apprenticeships, Course Selection (Students), Dropout Research, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Educational Attainment, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Enrollment Trends, Ethnic Groups, Foreign Countries, Income, Indigenous Populations, Job Training, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Participation, Postsecondary Education, Rural Areas, Secondary Education, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Status, Student Recruitment, Teacher Student Relationship, Trend Analysis, Unemployment, Urban Areas, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.avetra.org.au/PAPERS%202001/Ball%20Lamb.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia