Have school vocational education and training programs been successful?

Education Schools Australia

School vocational education and training (VET) programs were introduced to provide more diverse pathways to work and further study for young people. Alison Anlezark, Tom Karmel and Koon Ong find that participation in school VET programs has a small negative impact on retention from Year 10 to Year 12 overall but that there is a positive impact on Year 10 to Year 11 retention; that there is a clear positive impact on post-school outcomes for students who participate in school VET programs in Year 11 but do not go on to complete Year 12; and although that these programs provide a clear pathway for some students, particularly for boys studying in the areas of building and engineering, for most students the pathway is not so direct.

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