Transition to work


Literature review

Effective pathways through education to good labour market outcomes for Maori: literature summary

This literature review provides background for a forthcoming empirical investigation of the pathways through education that lead to successful labour market outcomes for Maori students with different aptitudes in high school.

Understanding employment supports

These guides are designed to help NDIS participants, their families and carers think about what employment supports might best suit their individual needs.

VET as a re-engagement pathway for early school leavers

School non-completion and non-completers’ subsequent pathways into employment or back into education is an enduring issue for policy-makers in Australia. This report highlights the importance of providing career information, not only to young people, but also their parents/carers, before and after leaving school.

Review of university-industry collaboration in teaching and learning: final report

This review report recommends short-term and long-term actions that government, higher education providers and industry can take to promote greater collaboration across the sector. It considers how to increase industry engagement in teaching and learning through improved course curricula, opportunities to combine work, study and...

Protecting students at work

This report summarises research, undertaken as part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant–funded project, which has been examining the challenges posed by the regulation of post-secondary forms of work experience.
Policy report

Getting a job: how schools can help students in the competition for employment after education

While young people are leaving education more qualified than ever before, in many countries they are struggling to compete for jobs in the labour market. This paper looks at things that secondary schools can do to help students get a job.

Work-based education in VET

This report explores the benefits and challenges associated with work-based education that have been identified in prior research. It also sets out best practices for training providers, employers and policy makers, to support quality work-based education across the VET system.

Looking to the future

This review was conducted to provide the Education Council with advice and recommendations on how senior secondary students can better understand and be enabled to choose the most appropriate pathway to support their transition into work, further education and/or training.

Guaranteeing the right start

There is a strong case for bold policy interventions to prevent youth unemployment. This report argues for the government to ‘aim higher’ in its response to the coming unemployment crisis.
Discussion paper

Workforce-ready: challenges and opportunities for VET

This discussion paper explores the role of vocational education and training (VET) in preparing people for the current and future workforce.

Finding that spark: what works to achieve effective employment services for young people?

What works to achieve effective employment services for young people? This report presents lessons from the evaluation of the Transition to Work Community of Practice.
Discussion paper

Reimagining vocational qualifications

This paper outlines the Australian Industry Group's views on changes to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) for vocational education and training. It questions whether the previous assumptions underpinning vocational qualifications for Australia are still valid.

Leveraging the skills of social sciences and humanities graduates

This report briefly reviews existing research on emerging employer needs and employment prospects for university graduates (particularly in social sciences and humanities), before mapping out approaches that aim to support graduates’ transition into employment.
Briefing paper

Check-in opportunity for employers: young Victorians recommend these actions to support wellbeing at work

In a youth citizen’s jury, 54 young people developed 11 asks for actions to support them on their journey to purposeful work.

Employers’ use and views of the VET system 2019

This survey collects information about employers’ use and views of the vocational education and training (VET) system and the various ways employers use the VET system to meet their skill needs. Information collected is designed to measure employers’ engagement and satisfaction with the VET system.

Getting to work: insights about the transition from education to employment from the Life Chances Study, Stage 11

This report from Stage 11 of the longitudinal Life Chances Study considers the impacts of advantage and disadvantage on young people’s transitions from education to regular or satisfactory employment.

Young people, transition into work and mental wellbeing

The research outlined in this report identifies early working life (inclusive of the period of transition from education into paid employment) as being a time of particular vulnerability for young people.

School-to-work pathways

This study explores the school-to-work transitions of youth aged 16 to 25 based on the 2006 cohort of the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY Y06). While the majority of the young people in the study sample followed a mostly simple higher-education-to-work pathway or early...

VET for secondary school students: acquiring an array of technical and non-technical skills

This study is the first of a suite of projects aimed at understanding the value of VET delivered to secondary school students for their post-school employment and training destinations. Statistical analysis presents the quantity and type of VET programs undertaken by students in secondary schools...

Work-integrated learning in universities: final report

This report show the extent of participation by international students in work integrated learning (WIL). It also examines the challenges facing international students in engaging with WIL opportunities, and provides suggestions on how universities and employers can improve opportunities for international students to have a...

Smashing the avocado debate: Australia’s youth unemployment hotspots

Australia’s youth unemployment rate is stagnating at the levels seen in the early 2000s, despite 28 years of economic growth. This analysis from the Brotherhood of St Laurence maps the 20 worst “hotspot” regions for youth unemployment, and confirms many regional and outer suburban areas...

Future ready career education: a student focused national career education strategy

To prepare students for their future careers, Future Ready focuses on the importance of building the skills and general capabilities they will need in the workplace, strengthening school and employer collaboration, and developing students' career management and navigation skills.
Policy report

Connecting the worlds of learning and work

This report argues that both schools and industry play a role in ensuring all young people are given learning opportunities that enable them to reach their full potential.

Indigenous youth employment and the school-to-work transition

Early labour market experiences are likely to have both immediate and ongoing effects, reducing income and wealth accumulation, and impeding future labour market success for Indigenous youth.

From school to VET: choices, experiences and outcomes

This publication brings together recent research commissioned or undertaken by NCVER in the transition of school students into VET, their experiences and their outcomes. It explores what influences young people to undertake VET post-school, the factors that support them to complete VET and their outcomes...