Tom Karmel

Previously at: National Centre for Vocational Educational Research

The factors affecting the educational and occupational aspirations of young Australians

The authors examine factors that influence young people's plans to complete Year 12, their aspirations to commence university study in the first year after leaving school and their expected occupation at age 30. They also examine the extent to which the occupational aspirations of teenagers...

Improving labour market outcomes through education and training

This paper uses the 2011 Census data to quantify the impact of educational disadvantage among Indigenous Australians for labour market participation, employment and occupational destinations. Introduction Economic participation is one of the fundamental building blocks identified in the Closing the Gap initiative (COAG 2008) for...

Socioeconomic disadvantage and participation in tertiary education: preliminary thoughts

This paper was written in 2010 to encourage policy-makers to think about how to measure socioeconomic status (SES). The findings show that measurement of SES is a complex issue, and that the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) measures perform quite well in measuring the aggregate...

Maximising the use of data: vocational education and training

The range of data collected by NCVER for the national vocational education and training (VET) system and how it is disseminated is discussed in this conference paper. The author talks about how analytical techniques are used to maximise what can be extracted from those collections...

The impact of schools on young people's transition to university

This report uses Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) data to look at the impact of schools on a student’s tertiary entrance rank (TER) and the probability of them going to university (controlling for TER). It shows that the characteristics of schools do matter: although...