ERIC Number: EJ938267
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Pathways from Rural Schools: Does School VET Make a Difference?
Johns, Susan; Kilpatrick, Sue; Loechel, Barton
International Journal of Training Research, v2 n1 p55-75 2004
This paper reports findings from a survey of former students from six Australian rural school clusters. It compares the experiences and outcomes of students who had participated in a school vocational education and training (VET) program with those who had not. School VET courses intended to provide a pathway to local employment appear to be successful in retaining students who otherwise may have left school before completing Year 12, and in assisting their transition from school to work. For all school VET students, the work placement component of the program aids the transition to local jobs and apprenticeships, and increases youth retention in the community. As the findings indicate that school VET students are predisposed to live in a rural area at some time during their working life, the paper concludes that VET programs in rural areas have special potential to develop skills and pathways for the future workforce of rural Australia.
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Rural Areas, Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Academic Persistence, Job Placement, Apprenticeships, Skill Development, Labor Force Development, Comparative Analysis, Secondary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia