This article will consider the non-school qualifications currently being studied by men and women, the level of highest non-school qualification attained overall, and the association of non-school education on labour force participation and starting salaries.
Additionally, the article provides an international comparison of higher education rates, literacy levels and numeracy levels.
Pursuing an education beyond compulsory schooling is becoming increasingly important for employment in Australia. In recent decades there has been strong demand for such qualifications across many sectors of the labour market. Whether further education is gained through an apprenticeship, Vocational Education and Training (VET) or a higher education qualification, post-school education can equip people with the skills and knowledge necessary to engage in a labour market, and provide a solid foundation for life-long learning.
Understanding the differences in non-school qualifications undertaken by Australian men and women is important in determining future careers and work patterns.