This page provides a brief overview of findings from the 2018 NSW secondary students’ post-school destinations and expectations survey relating to Vocational Education and Training (VET) participation in school. Access the main 2018 report.

One-in-three respondents answered questions about VET participation – 1,160 Year 12 completers and 1,487 early school leavers.

The information on this page is also available as a PDF (PDF, 71kB)

 

VET courses in school

• 81.9% of Year 12 completers and 75.3% of early school leavers said VET courses were available at school. A higher proportion of Year 12 completers said VET was available at school. Early school leavers are more likely to be unsure if VET was available. 

• 34.1% of Year 12 completers and 41.5% of early school leavers started a VET course at school.1 Early leavers are more likely to have started a VET course at school than Year 12 completers. 

• 46.3% of Year 12 completers and 48.2% of early school leavers said doing VET at school increased their interest in a career or job in this area.2 There is no difference between the proportion of Year 12 completers and early school leavers. 
• 18.1% of Year 12 completers and 45.1% of early school leavers would have been interested in doing a VET course if available.3 Early school leavers would have been more interested in doing VET if available. 

 

VET course completion

Most Year 12 completers who started a VET course finished the course and received a qualification. Early school leavers are more likely to not finish the VET course they start at school.4

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Finished course and qualification

Finished course but not qualification

Did not finish 

Finished course, but not qualification

Most common reasons for not completing the VET qualification, despite completing the course, included no longer being interested in a job in the area and not needing the qualification for employment.

Year 12 completers 

• 28.9% - no longer interested in job in area

• 14.7% - didn't need the qualification for employment

• 12.0% - no longer interested after completing school

Early school leavers

• 20.5% - didn't need the qualification for employment

• 18.8% - no longer interested in job in area

• 14.6% - no longer interested after completing school5

82.8% of Year 12 completers and 85.4% of early school leavers agreed they benefitted from studying VET at school even though they did not finish the qualification.6

 

Did not finish VET course

Almost two-thirds (64.0%) of early school leavers who started a VET course did not finish the course at school. Female early school leavers are more likely not to finish the course than male early school leavers (70.1% vs. 61.0%). Students often left school before they could complete the course.

Early school leavers main reason for not finishing course

• 42.5% - left school before finishing the course

• 23.4% - no longer fit with plans

• 10.2% - no longer interested in job in area

Among early school leavers who did not finish the course:

• 18% completed a related qualification after school

• 22% were currently studying for a related qualification

70.2% of Year 12 completers and 84.3% of early school leavers agreed they benefitted from studying VET at school even though they did not finish the course.7

 


 

1of those where VET was offered at school

2of those who started a VET course at school

3of those where VET was not offered at school or respondent was unsure

4For Year 12 completers, 2.9% of participants indicated that they did not know if they had finished the course or did not answer the question. For early school leavers, 4.3% of participants indicated that they either did not know if they had finished the course, or did not answer the question. 

5males (18.8%) more likely to report this reason than females (7.6%)

6of those who finished the course but not the qualification

7of those who did not finish the course

 

Published in Research report

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A series of summary tables (PDF, 114kb) on government-funded Vocational Education and Training (VET) students in NSW from 2012-2016. 

 

Monday, 19 December 2016

State of Education in NSW, 2016

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This second edition of the biennial State of Education in NSW 2016 report (PDF, 2MB) brings together a wealth of data, information and commentary across the whole education spectrum in NSW. 

The report provides a recap of policy context, and covers outcomes in early childhood education, school education, vocational education and training and higher education for both government and non-government service providers. For each of the four sectors, the report highlights what is going well and where there is room for improvement.

Visit the 2016 State of Education website for an interactive view of the report's main highlights. 

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Vocational Ed Training in Schools Eval 2005

 

Author: Bert Evans AO
Evaluator company/business: NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training

Year: 2005
URL or PDF: Download the Strategic Evaluation of Vocational Education and Training in Schools (PDF, 193kB)
Summary: The evaluation aimed to determine the value of vocational education and training in schools for students in terms of their participation, outcomes and satisfaction. Using a sample of responses from the Destination and Satisfaction Survey of 2004 HSC VET Students in New South Wales, the evaluation compared post school destinations of matched cohorts of students who undertook VET in schools with those who did not but did not attempt to establish casual attributions, using student opinions instead.

Published in Evaluation repository

Apprentices and trainees bulletin (PDF, 830kB)

The Apprentices and trainees bulletin (PDF, 830kB) summarises information about the apprentices and trainees who are in training, commencing or completing a program of training. It provides information about the age and gender of trainees, their mode of study and the occupation and qualification they seek. This report includes VET delivered to school students by TAFE but excludes VET delivered to school students by school Registered Training Organisations as part of a VET in Schools program.

The 2013 VET students bulletin (PDF, 1MB) summarises information on the students participating in Vocational Education and Training (VET) in NSW, how they are undertaking their studies, what they are studying and the qualifications they seek. This report includes VET delivered to school students by TAFE but excludes those delivered by registered training organisations as part of a VET in Schools program.

Thursday, 04 September 2014

State of Education in NSW, 2014

This inaugural edition of the biennial 2014 State of Education report (PDF, 4MB)  brings together a wealth of data, information and commentary about the full spectrum of education in NSW. It reports on activities and outcomes in early childhood education, school education, vocational education and training and higher education. It acknowledges and reports on the complex mix of government and non-government educational service providers in all four of these sectors.

Fact Sheets

Background (PDF, 400kB)

Early childhood education and care (PDF, 400kB)

Higher education (PDF, 500kB)

School education (PDF, 500kB)

Vocational Education and Training (VET) (PDF, 500kB).

 

Published in Research report

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