Disadvantaged youth find success in VET

Disadvantaged youth find success in VET

Thursday, 15 Dec 2005

The non-apprenticeship VET sector provides a successful pathway from school to further education and training for young Australians from all socioeconomic backgrounds, a new report shows. The new study, released today by ACER found that around 20 per cent of young Australians had enrolled in a non-apprenticeship VET course by age 19. By age 20 in late 2001, 60 per cent of the non-apprenticeship VET entrants had completed their first course while 14 per cent were still enrolled in their first course. Students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds were not disadvantaged in terms of course progress. Gender, language background and region were also unrelated to continuing with non-apprenticeship study.

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Release of Teaching Reading, the report of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy

Release of Teaching Reading, the report of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy

Thursday, 8 Dec 2005

The report of the National Inquiry into the Teaching of Literacy was released by the Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training, Dr Brendan Nelson, in Canberra on 8 December. The Inquiry Committee was chaired by Dr Ken Rowe, Research Director ( Learning Processes) at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). A media release and copies of the full report are available from Dr Nelson's website. Please use the following links to access them.

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Low ENTER scores behind ‘unmet demand’ for university places

Low ENTER scores behind ‘unmet demand’ for university places

Monday, 5 Dec 2005

The main reason that unsuccessful applicants to university miss out on a place is their lower level of academic performance, a new study released today has found. The report focused on a group of young Australians who applied to attend university but were not offered a place. These applicants are commonly referred to as indicating 'unmet demand' for university study. The study included almost 8000 young people who were in Year 9 in 1998. Most completed Year 12 in 2001.

A relatively small proportion of the group, around 5 per cent, applied to enter university but were not offered a place. This amounted to about 10 per cent of Year 12 university applicants in 2001.

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Time out of the labour market a common experience for Australian youth

Time out of the labour market a common experience for Australian youth

Thursday, 24 Nov 2005

The majority of young Australians experience at least a short period of time outside of full-time education and the labour force in the early years after leaving secondary school, new research has found. A report released today by ACER identified the characteristics, activities and later destinations of young people who had spent time outside of the labour force.

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Report calls for more emphasis on technical skills in secondary school

Report calls for more emphasis on technical skills in secondary school

Thursday, 17 Nov 2005

A greater focus on developing technical skills in secondary schools is required to draw more young Australians into apprenticeships, a new research report by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) recommends. Releasing the latest findings from the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) program today, Deputy CEO (Research), Dr John Ainley, said that more effort is also required to attract Year 12 completers to the trades.

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