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ERIC Number: ED505449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jan
Pages: 73
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-0-6623-1555-3
At a Crossroads: First Results for the 18 to 20-Year-old Cohort of the Youth in Transition Survey
Bowlby, Jeffrey W.; McMullen, Kathryn
Human Resources Development Canada
This report provides a descriptive overview of the first results from the 2000 Youth in Transition Survey (YITS) for 18-20-year-olds in Canada. These early results draw a picture of where youth stand in terms of both their educational participation and attainment and their labour market participation as of December 1999. Youth at this age are in transition: some are in the final stages of completing high school, others are continuing their education at the post-secondary level, while others have left the school system altogether. Most leave after graduation, although some have left school before completing their program. Youth in this age group also exhibit different levels of attachment to the labour market, with some combining work and school and others being full labour market participants. Reported findings include: (1) By the age of 20, the vast majority of Canadian youth had graduated from high school; (2) About 70 percent of high school graduates between the ages of 18 and 20 had gone on to postsecondary education; (3) There was a sharp decrease in the high school dropout rate through the 1990s, particularly in the Atlantic Provinces; (4) Dropout rates remained high in most jurisdictions for young males compared to young females; and (5) Some high school dropouts engage in "second chance" educational opportunities, such as completing high school at a later age, or enrolling in post-secondary programs. Additional highlights are included for: (1) Characteristics of high school dropouts; (2) Working during high school; (3) Pathways after high school; (4) Skills; (5) Volunteering; (6) Labour market participation; (7) Experiences during first year of post-secondary education; and (8) Access to post-secondary education. Today's knowledge-based society presents youth with both opportunities and challenges as they make the transition to the labour market and full adulthood. The challenge for youth is to ensure that the education and labour market choices they make will provide the education and skills that are needed and the ability and flexibility to be able to learn new skills in the future. YITS 18-20-Year-old Survey Methodology is appended. (Chapters and appendix are individually footnoted. Contains 26 figures and 25 tables.)
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Service Canada, Ottawa, ON K1A 0J9, Canada. Tel: 800-926-9105; Fax: 613-941-1827; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Development Canada
Identifiers - Location: Canada