Data to help students make more informed career choices

The Pathways for the Future Program is set to support students in making successful education-to-employment decisions.

24 September 2021

NSW students will be able to access statistical data findings to help them make better career choices as part of the Pathways for the Future Program.

First launched in 2017, the Pathways pilot program linked and studied de-identified data on young people in NSW between 1996 and 2016. This analysis explored different ways that young people, aged 15-24, moved through education into work.

The program will help empower and equip students with knowledge of study, training and work options so they can make informed decisions about their future careers.

For example, students will be able to explore information about subjects and key education or training milestones that can boost their employment prospects.

The next phase of the project includes refining the de-identified dataset to better answer the questions of 21st Century students and to analyse lifelong journeys from education to work.

The Department will study de-identified data from a broad spectrum of people who attended a NSW secondary school, undertook a vocational education and training qualification, or completed an apprenticeship, traineeship or higher education qualification in NSW from 1996 to 2020.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Centre of Health Records Linkage (CHeReL) are the authorised linkage authorities who will link and de-identify the data. The NSW Department of Education and its partners are committed to meeting all legal, privacy, ethical and data security requirements while maintaining the confidentiality and security of the data. Read more on how the project is protecting personal privacy.

Students can ask for their data to be withdrawn from the newly linked datasets and 2017-2020 refresh of datasets in line with the data protection legislation, through the Pathways for the Future webpage by 30 October 2021.

Initial findings from this analysis, including key pathways from study to successful employment, will be released in the report later this year.

For more information, visit our Pathways for the Future Program webpage.

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