ERIC Number: ED474015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct
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Young Persons' Education, Training and Employment Outcomes with Special Reference to Early School Leavers. A Report Prepared for the Business Council of Australia and Dusseldorp Skills Forum by Applied Economics.
Australian researchers investigated the education training outcomes of young people (age 15-19 years), focusing on early school leavers. Data came from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the National Center for Vocational and Educational Research. About one-third of the 270,000 students who leave school each year leave before 12th grade. The 12th grade school completion rate is 60 percent for males and 73 percent for females. About 370,000 young people take vocational education and training courses each year, and two-thirds of them leave school before year 12. Completion rates for vocational courses are low. In 2002, 784,000 young people were in the labor force, and 132,000 were unemployed. In 1999, 326,000 young people received youth allowance. Three-quarters of those receiving youth allowance were full-time students, and early school leavers made up over half of the recipients. Youth in the following categories were most likely to face difficulties: not in the work force or education, unemployed and not in education, unemployed and in only minor education, and employed part-time for less than 35 hours per week and not in education. Evidence suggests that labor force participation, employment prospects, and wages rise significantly with length of time in school. (Contains 9 figures, 26 tables, and 14 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Dropout Rate, Dropouts, Economic Impact, Foreign Countries, Graduation, School Holding Power, Secondary Education, Unemployment, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.bca.com.au/content.asp?newsID=87400.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Australia