ERIC Number: ED456296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
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Destinations of School Leavers Who Participated in Structured Workplace Learning Programs.
A study was conducted to determine whether Vocational Education and Training in Schools programs, and in particular, structured workplace learning (SWL) programs in Australia were successful in leading students to employment or further education. A total of 8,249 school leavers who left school in 1999 (15 percent of total school leavers) and had been involved in SWL programs in years 11 or 12 responded to a survey about their post-school experiences. Slightly more females than males replied. They had attended a total of 24 different industry-related SWL programs. The study found that about 10 percent of the respondents were in part-time work only; about 40 percent were in full-time employment, and just over 33 percent were in full-time school. About 7 percent were unemployed and about 2 percent were not actively seeking work or engaged in a combination of part-time studies and other activities. The results were also encouraging in that a large proportion of leavers found work in their area of study. The study concluded that the great majority of students who have participated in SWL programs are obtaining employment or going into further studies. However, the study cautioned against automatic conclusions that these outcomes are directly caused by participation in SWL programs. It is possible that the more enterprising students also see the advantages of taking SWL courses and reap the rewards because of these specific attributes. (KC)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Cooperative Education, Developed Nations, Dropouts, Education Work Relationship, Employment, Foreign Countries, Graduate Surveys, High School Graduates, High Schools, Job Skills, Outcomes of Education, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Student Characteristics, Unemployment, Work Experience Programs
For full text: http://www.avetra.org.au/PAPERS%202001/misko.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia