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Post-school destinations 2019 – comparison of Year 12 completers and early school leavers

Comparison of Year 12 completers and early school leavers fact sheet (PDF, 290kB)Comparison of Year 12 completers and early school leavers fact sheet (PDF, 290kB) or read online below.

Go to the main post-school destinations report for 2019

 

The NSW Post-School Destinations and Experiences Survey collects information about students’ main destination1 in the year after completing Year 12 or leaving school. We spoke to 18,777 Year 12 completers and 6,135 early school leavers.

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the differences between NSW Secondary School Students who completed Year 12 in 2018 and those who left school in 2018 before finishing Year 12 (known as early school leavers).

Main post-school destination

 

Year 12 completers were more likely than early school leavers to be in some form of education or training (65.7% compared with 54.2%). Close to half of Year 12 completers were undertaking a bachelor degree, whereas this was the least common destination for early school leavers.

Early school leavers were more likely than Year 12 completers to be in the following destinations:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • VET Certificate I-II
  • VET Certificate III
  • Working full-time
  • Looking for work
  • Not in the labour force, education or training (NILFET)

Bachelor degree

Most common areas of study for Year 12 completers:

  • Society and culture 22.6%
  • Management and commerce 20.0%
  • Health 18.9%

Most common areas of study for early school leavers:

  • Society and culture 19.9%
  • Health 19.6%
  • Creative arts 18.5%

VET certificate IV+

Most common areas of study for Year 12 completers:

  • Creative arts 18.3%
  • Society and culture 15.4%
  • Health 15.1%

Most common areas of study for early school leavers:

  • Creative arts 22.4%
  • Society and culture 15.8%
  • Health 15.7%

VET certificate III

Most common areas of study for Year 12 completers:

  • Society and culture 16.9%
  • Education 14.4%
  • Food, hospitality and personal services 9.2%

Most common areas of study for early school leavers:

  • Health 17.1%
  • Food, hospitality and personal services 16.6%
  • Management and commerce 16.0%

VET Certificate I-II

Most common areas of study for Year 12 completers:

  • Mixed field programmes 14.2%
  • Management and commerce 10.0%
  • Agriculture, environment and related 9.4%

Most common areas of study for early school leavers:

  • Mixed field programmes 18.1%
  • Health 13.6%
  • Engineering and related technologies 13.4%

Apprenticeship

Most common apprenticeships for Year 12 completers:

  • Electricians 23.7%
  • Bricklayers, carpenters and joiners 17.9%
  • Fabrication engineering trades workers 10.2%

Most common apprenticeships for early school leavers:

  • Bricklayers, carpenters and joiners 21.7%
  • Electricians 13.9%
  • Automotive electrician and mechanics 13.4%

Traineeship

Most common traineeships for Year 12 completers:

  • Child care workers 26.6%
  • General clerks 13.6%
  • Sales assistants and salespersons 10.5%

Most common traineeships for early school leavers:

  • Child care workers 25.7%
  • Sales assistants and salespersons 17.5%
  • General clerks 7.7%

Full-time work

Most common occupations for Year 12 completers:

  • Community and personal service workers 22.3%
  • Labourers 17.6%
  • Clerical and administration workers 14.3%

Most common occupations for early school leavers:

  • Labourers 33.8%
  • Community and personal service workers 15.1%
  • Sales workers 13.5%

Part-time work

Most common occupations for Year 12 completers:

  • Community and personal service workers 28.3%
  • Sales workers 27.4%
  • Labourers 11.7%

Most common occupations for early school leavers:

  • Sales workers 29.2%
  • Labourers 25.3%
  • Community and personal service workers 20.1%

Not in the labour force, education or training (NILFET)

Most common reason for Year 12 completers:

  • Recreation (gap year) 37.8%
  • Informal study or training 23.3%
  • Unable to work due to illness 9.1%

Most common reason for early school leavers:

  • Recreation (gap year) 26.2%
  • Unable to work due to illness 19.5%
  • Informal study or training 19.3%

 

Footnotes

1A total of ten post-school destinations were defined from responses to a number of items relating to participation in further education and current employment. This classification system is a hierarchical classification system, which prioirities education related post-school destinations over particiaption in employment. As such, it represents a young person's main destination since leaving school.

 

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