School to work transitions

There is a clear link between getting a Year 12 certificate (or equivalent qualification) and improved social and economic outcomes for young people.

The Australian Government recognises the importance of education and training, and encourages young people to complete school, to increase their chances of successfully moving to further education, training or work.

Young people who complete school and get their Year 12 certificate (or equivalent vocational qualification) are more likely to complete further study or training, get a job, have significantly higher wages and be better prepared for future challenges.

The Australian Government is working with state and territory governments to bring schools, business and families together to help young people continue their education and training and create a productive, skilled and knowledgeable future workforce.

Various Australian Government initiatives help support young people move from school to further education, training, or work, including:

Career Education

Career education is an important element in preparing young people to successfully move from school to further education, training, or employment.

Career education is the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes through a planned program of learning experiences in education and training settings to assist students to make informed decisions about their study and work options and enable effective participation in working life.

National Career Education Strategy

The Australian Government committed to develop a National Career Education Strategy, under Quality Schools, to prepare students for life beyond school and for the jobs of the future.

Future Ready – A student focused National Career Education Strategy, is a new strategy for career education in schools supported by the Australian Government and endorsed by the COAG Education Council in February 2019.

Future Ready was developed with cooperation from state and territory education, business and industry and career education groups, and aims to support school students to make informed study and career choices by:

  • building students' skills and capabilities for the future
  • strengthening school and employer collaboration
  • developing students' career management and navigation skills.

A number of projects to support the strategy focus on building teacher and school leader capability, supporting parents in their important role in career conversations and encouraging collaboration between industry and schools.

Further information about Future Ready is available at schooltowork.education.gov.au.

Career Education Resources

Further Australian Government career development resources and initiatives are available to help young people:

  • make informed choices when selecting schools, courses and post-school opportunities
  • connect education and training pathways with career choices and employment prospects
  • access the broad variety of community services and specialist support available to them.

Information for Career Practitioners

The Australian Government provides career practitioner resources to help provide quality career guidance services to young people.

Career Education Strategies and Resources

Future Ready – A student focused National Career Education Strategy  builds on existing strategies and frameworks, including the Core Skills for Work Developmental Framework, and the Australian Blueprint for Career Development.

In addition, the 2013 National Career Development Strategy guides career development across all ages, and in a broad variety of settings, and articulates guiding principles for the future. It provides high-level goals and responsibilities for governments, business, industry, and the career development sector across education and employment settings.

 

Preparing Secondary School Students for Work Framework (the Framework)

The Framework was developed to update and improve the previous framework to better deliver vocational learning and vocational education and training (VET) delivered to secondary school students.

The Framework makes the clear distinction between vocational learning and VET delivered to secondary school students, and recognises that VET undertaken at school is the same as all other VET.

The four principles of the framework are:

  • Clarity—of terminology, purpose and expected outcomes
  • Collaboration—to meet the needs of students, schools and employers
  • Confidence—in the quality, value and benefit of vocational learning and VET
  • Core systems—that are efficient, streamlined and support the needs of students and employers.

The Council of Australian Governments Education Council endorsed the framework in 2014, and since then, resources preparing secondary students for work have been developed to support schools and career educators. These include fact sheets, self-assessment tool for schools, videos and good practice case studies.

School and Industry Collaboration

The Australian Government funds various programs to support secondary students receive contemporary, industry-relevant training that provides pathways to industry-recognised qualifications.

The P-TECH pilot is an innovative model of education–industry collaboration that provides students studying for their Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an industry-supported pathway to a diploma, advanced diploma, or associate degree in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The Trade Training Centres in Schools (TTCs) program provides students with a broader variety of options to help improve Year 12 or equivalent attainment, and their pathways into vocational careers. The program includes Trade Training Centres and Trades Skills Centres.

Partnerships for schools, businesses, and communities improve outcomes for young people, by recognising that educating our young people is the responsibility of the entire community.

School to Work Transitions Research, Reports and Evaluation

The department has a repository of previous research and reports including the National Career Development Strategy Research Project and school-to-work transitions research, reporting, and evaluation, Everybody's Core Business – Research into the non-technical capabilities needed for successful participation in work and further study and Everybody's Core Business – Supplementary Report: Findings from the literature.

Resources

The following is a list of all the resources that are associated with School to work transitions.

Results

  1. Interim Evaluation of the National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions

    Created: 18 November 2012  |  Last modified: 18 November 2012

  2. Miles Morgan

    Created: 17 November 2012  |  Last modified: 17 November 2012

    Miles Morgan

  3. National Career Development Strategy

    Created: 23 May 2013

    National Career Development Strategy

  4. National Career Development Strategy (NCDS) Research Project- Element 2: Qualitative research

    Created: 20 December 2011  |  Last modified: 20 December 2011

    National Career Development Strategy (NCDS) Research Project - Element 2: Qualitative research

  5. National Career Development Strategy (NCDS) Research Project- Element 2: Quantitative Research

    Created: 20 December 2011  |  Last modified: 20 December 2011

    National Career Development Strategy (NCDS) Research Project - Element 2: Quantitative Research

  6. National Career Development Strategy (NCDS) Research Project- Element 2: Synthesis Report

    Created: 20 December 2011  |  Last modified: 20 December 2011

    National Career Development Strategy (NCDS) Research Project - Element 2: Synthesis Report

  7. National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions Second Interim Evaluation Report

    Created: 10 January 2013

  8. Nous Group

    Created: 17 November 2012  |  Last modified: 17 November 2012

    Nous Group

  9. NSW NP YAT Annual Report 2010

    Created: 20 September 2013

  10. NSW NP YAT annual report 2011

    Created: 20 September 2013

  11. NSW NP YAT Annual Report 2012

    Created: 2 April 2014

    National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions New South Wales Annual Report 2012

  12. NT NP YAT Annual Report 2010

    Created: 20 September 2013

  13. NT NP YAT annual report 2011

    Created: 20 September 2013

  14. NT NP YAT Annual Report 2012

    Created: 2 April 2014

    National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions Northern Territory Annual Report 2012

  15. Positive pathways for young people in remote communities: What works?

    Created: 18 November 2012  |  Last modified: 18 November 2012

    Research report on what works to support positive pathways for young people (12-19 years) in remote communities. Report and Appendices.

  16. Post-school education aspirations and outcomes

    Created: 10 June 2020

    This report compares the career aspirations of young people from metro areas and non-metro areas and the extent to which they are realised. 

  17. Preparing Secondary Students for Work

    Created: 19 December 2014

    A framework for Vocational Learning and VET delivered to secondary students

  18. Professional Development Kit- Using the Blueprint with Adults

    Created: 6 August 2014

    A Professional Development Kit designed to help career development practitioners and others working with adults to gain a better understanding of the Blueprint and its many...

  19. Professional Development Kit- Using the Blueprint with Young People

    Created: 6 August 2014

    A Professional Development Kit designed to help career development practitioners and others working with young people to gain a better understanding of the Blueprint and its...

  20. Promotional Material- Blueprint A1 Poster

    Created: 6 August 2014

    Australian Blueprint for Career Development promotional material. This A1 poster outlines the Eleven Career Management Competencies associated with the Blueprint.

  21. Promotional Material- Blueprint A4 Brochure

    Created: 6 August 2014

    Australian Blueprint for Career Development promotional material. This A4 brochure provides a general description of the Blueprint and its uses.

  22. QLD NP YAT Annual Report 2010

    Created: 20 September 2013

  23. QLD NP YAT annual report 2011

    Created: 20 September 2013

  24. QLD NP YAT Annual Report 2012

    Created: 2 April 2014

    National Partnership on Youth Attainment and Transitions Queensland Annual Report 2012

  25. Report on the 6th International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy

    Created: 17 November 2012  |  Last modified: 17 November 2012

    Report on the 6th International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy

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