All school leavers factsheet

This report was originally published 31 August 2020.

This fact sheet provides a high level overview of findings from the 2019 NSW Secondary Students’ Post-School Destinations and Expectations survey of students who left school in 2018, including early school leavers and Year 12 completers. In 2019, a total of 24,912 school leavers completed the survey.

Post-school destinations of all school leavers in 2019

In 2019, 88.5% of all school leavers were in education, training or employment. The remainder were either looking for work or not in the labour force, education or training.

A bar chart showing 62.7 percent of all school leavers were in education, training, 25.8 percent in employment, 8.3 percent were looking for work and 3.2 percent were not in the labour force, education or training.
A line chart showing the percentage of recent school leavers from 2014 to 2019 involved in higher education, training or employment. The lowest percentage is 88.4 percent in 2016, and the highest is 89.6 percent in 2018..
The proportion of recent school leavers involved in higher education, training or employment has remained stable since 2014.
36.5%
Bachelor degree
5.3%
VET Cert IV+

3.4%
VET Cert III

1.6%
VET Cert I-II

11.2%
Apprenticeship

▼ 5.1 percentage points since 2014 ▼ 2.1 percentage points since 2014 ▲ 0.3 percentage points since 2014 ▼ 1.3 percentage points since 2014 ▲ 1.9 percentage points since 2014
4.7%
Traineeship
8.7%
Full time work
17%
Part time work
8.3%
Looking for work
3.2%
NILFET
▼ 0.1 percentage points since 2014 ▲ 1.8 percentage points since 2014 ▲ 4.6 percentage points since 2014 ▲ 0.3 percentage points since 2014 ▼ 0.2 percentage points since 2014

Top three areas of education school leavers enter post-school:

  1. Business management – 6.1%
  2. Building – 5.9%
  3. Teacher education – 5.0%.

Top three post-school work roles for school leavers:

  1. Sales assistants and sales workers – 19.8%
  2. Hospitality workers – 16.8%
  3. Storepersons – 8.6%.

What are the sub group differences in destinations?

Female students more likely than male students:

  • Bachelor degree
  • VET Cert IV+
  • VET Cert III
  • Traineeship
  • Part time work.

Male students more likely than female students:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Full time work
  • Looking for work
  • NILFET.

Students who speak a language other than English at home more likely than those who do not:

  • Bachelor degree
  • VET Cert IV+.

Students who do not speak a language other than English at home more likely than those who do:

  • VET Cert III
  • VET Cert I-II
  • Apprenticeship
  • Traineeship
  • Full time work
  • Part time work
  • Looking for work.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students more likely than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students:•

  • VET Cert III
  • VET Cert I-II
  • Traineeship
  • Looking for work
  • NILFET.

Non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students more likely than Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students:

  • Bachelor degree
  • VET Cert IV+.

Higher parental SES students more likely than lower parental SES students:

  • Bachelor degree.

Lower parental SES students more likely than higher parental SES students:

  • VET Cert III
  • Apprenticeship
  • Traineeship
  • Full time work
  • Part time work
  • Looking for work
  • NILFET.

Students living in Greater Sydney more likely than students living in the rest of New South Wales:

  • Bachelor degree
  • VET Cert IV+.

Students living in the rest of New South Wales more likely than students living in Greater Sydney:

  • VET Cert III
  • VET Cert I-II
  • Apprenticeship
  • Traineeship
  • Full time work
  • Part time work
  • Looking for work.
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