VET participation in schools factsheet

This report was originally published 28 October 2019.

Summary

This fact sheet provides a brief overview of findings from the 2018 NSW Secondary Students’ Post-School Destinations and Expectations survey relating to Vocational Education and Training (VET) participation in school. One-in-three respondents answered questions about VET participation – 1,160 Year 12 completers and 1,487 early school leavers.

VET courses in school

81.9% of Year 12 completers and 75.3% of Early school leavers said VET courses were available at school.
  • A higher proportion of Year 12 completers said VET was available at school. Early school leavers are more likely to be unsure if VET was available.
34.1% of Year 12 completers and 41.5% of Early school leavers started a VET course at school 1.
  • Early leavers are more likely to have started a VET course at school than Year 12 completers.
46.3% of Year 12 completers and 48.2% of Early school leavers said doing VET at school increased their interest in a career or job in this area 2.
  • There is no difference between the proportion of Year 12 completers and early school leavers.
18.1% of Year 12 completers and 45.1% of Early school leavers would have been interested in doing a VET course if available 3.
  • Early school leavers would have been more interested in doing VET if available.

VET course completion

  • Most Year 12 completers who started a VET course finished the course and received a qualification.
  • Early school leavers are more likely to not finish the VET course they start at school.
Finished course and qualification Finished course but not qualification Did not finish

Year 12 completers4

73.4%

10.3%

13.4%

Early school leavers5

24.4%

7.3%

64.0%

Finished course but not qualification

Most common reasons for not completing the VET qualification, despite completing the course, included no longer being interested in a job in the area and not needing the qualification for employment.


No longer interested in job in area Didn’t need the qualification for employment No longer interested after completing school6
Year 12 completers 28.9% 14.7% 12.0%
Early school leavers 18.8% 20.5% 14.6%
82.8% of Year 12 completers and 85.4% of Early school leavers agreed they benefitted from studying VET at school even though they did not finish the qualification 7 .

Did not finish VET course

Almost two-thirds (64.0%) of early school leavers who started a VET course did not finish the course at school. Female early school leavers are more likely not to finish the course than male early school leavers (70.1% vs. 61.0%). Students often left school before they could complete the course.

Early school leavers main reason for not finishing course:
  • 42.5% left school before finishing the course.
  • 23.4% no longer fit with plans.
  • 10.2% no longer interested in job in area.
Among early school leavers who did not finish the course:
  • 18% completed a related qualification after school.
  • 22% were currently studying for a related qualification.
70.2% of Year 12 completers and 84.3% of Early school leavers agreed they benefitted from studying VET at school even though they did not finish the course 8.

1 Of those where VET was offered at school.

2 Of those who started a VET course at school.

3 Of those where VET was not offered at school or respondent was unsure.

4 2.9 per cent of participants indicated that they either did not know if they had finished the course or did not answer the question.

5 4.3 per cent of participants indicated that they either did not know if they had finished the course or did not answer the question.

6 Males (18.8%) more likely to report this reason than females (7.6%).

7 Of those who finished the course but not the qualification.

8 Of those who did not finish the course.

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