Australian Vocational Education and Training statistics: Students and courses 2013 – NCVER

This publication provides a snapshot of Australia’s publicly funded vocational education and training (VET) sector for 2013. It presents national information about students and participation, courses and qualifications, module/unit of competency enrolments, hours of delivery and full-year training equivalents.
State or territory training provider breakdowns of the data are available as Excel files. In addition, . . . → Read More: Australian Vocational Education and Training statistics: Students and courses 2013 – NCVER

Work before welfare? – DPS News

An interim report on welfare reform could be used to further stigmatise the most disadvantaged members in Australia, including elderly pensioners.
Roland Manderson, Anglicare Australia acting executive director, warned that the recommendations of the interim report on welfare, headed by former Mission Australia chief, Patrick McClure, would push people further into hardship.
“Almost everyone who . . . → Read More: Work before welfare? – DPS News

2013 postgraduate research papers: A compendium – NCVER

As part of an NCVER initiative to build research capacity in the sector, postgraduate students were invited to apply for a small grant to write a paper on some aspect of their research that aligns with the national research priorities for tertiary education and training. The papers of the seven successful applicants have been compiled . . . → Read More: 2013 postgraduate research papers: A compendium – NCVER

A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes – DSS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Government cash transfer payments to individuals and families represent the most significant component of Australia’s social support system in expenditure terms. The Department of Social
Services has policy responsibility for income support payments and supplements worth around $100 billion in 2012–13. This is a significant investment with a wide reach across the community.
Changes . . . → Read More: A New System for Better Employment and Social Outcomes – DSS

Majority of Australia’s recent migrants are working – ABS

Extract
Almost two thirds of Australia’s 1.5 million recent migrants and temporary residents were employed in 2013, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).ABS Director of Culture, Recreation and Migrant Statistics, Andrew Middleton, said the 2013 Characteristics of Recent Migrants Survey collected information about migrants who have come to . . . → Read More: Majority of Australia’s recent migrants are working – ABS

Another Country: Youth in Australia series – The Conversation

Healthy youth is key to a healthy life but Australia remains behind By George Patton, University of Melbourne and Susan M Sawyer, University of Melbourne
Adolescence is supposed to be the healthiest of times in our lives. But open any newspaper and you’re likely to find an article about the health problems of today’s . . . → Read More: Another Country: Youth in Australia series – The Conversation

Job market tough for regional youth – ABC Gippsland

Author: Jenni Henderson
A lack of jobs in East Gippsland will mean that young people will do it tough when the Federal Government introduces changes to Youth Allowance, a major employment service provider says.
Extract
Bryan McCormick, CEO of Workways Australia says there are more people looking for jobs than there are positions available and . . . → Read More: Job market tough for regional youth – ABC Gippsland

Health for the World’s Adolescents: A second chance in the second decade – WHO

The World Health Organisation has reported on the health of adolescents across the world. A Second Chance in the Second Decade is divided into 10 components, including:

Adolescence: a period needing special attention,
Policies to support adolescent health;
Working with other sectors, and
Adolescence’s health-related behaviours

INTRODUCTION – Extract
Adolescent health has come of age. . . . → Read More: Health for the World’s Adolescents: A second chance in the second decade – WHO

Disadvantaged learners and VET to higher education transitions – NCVER

How disadvantaged learners participate in VET is an important consideration. Employment and further study outcomes are more likely to result from completing a higher-level VET qualification, but disadvantaged learners tend to enrol in lower-level qualifications. Hence, whether or not disadvantaged learners are transitioning from lower VET qualifications to higher level VET or higher education is . . . → Read More: Disadvantaged learners and VET to higher education transitions – NCVER

Economic vulnerability in Australia, 2002-12: An employment perspective – NCVER

Concerned with ways to characterise economic vulnerability in labour market regions (including metropolitan regions) that are susceptible to structural economic change, the authors look at five indicators of economic vulnerability which were developed to rank regions from the most to the least vulnerable. These are: the change in average hours worked; the change in total . . . → Read More: Economic vulnerability in Australia, 2002-12: An employment perspective – NCVER

Youth Social Exclusion in Australian Communities: A new index – NATSEM

ABSTRACT
Social exclusion and inclusion has been given a great deal of attention in Australia and throughout the world. This broader concept of disadvantage has replaced much of the social discourse around poverty and inequality, with the realisation from researchers, practitioners and policy makers that disadvantage is often a multi-dimensional occurrence, spanning many dimensions of . . . → Read More: Youth Social Exclusion in Australian Communities: A new index – NATSEM

Alliance proposes partnerships to secure jobs for disadvantaged jobseekers – ACOSS, ACTU & BCA

Extract
The Australian Council of Social Service, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Business Council of Australia today jointly proposed improvements to employment services to deliver better job outcomes for people disadvantaged in the labour market.
The proposal, put forward ahead of the announcement by the federal government of new national contracts with . . . → Read More: Alliance proposes partnerships to secure jobs for disadvantaged jobseekers – ACOSS, ACTU & BCA

Australian Social Trends, 2014 – ABS

Australian Social Trends (AST) is an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) flagship publication presenting a picture of Australian society through aselection of articles. The articles aim to address current and ongoing social concerns, and focus on population groups of interest and changes over time. Each tells a story and provides a sense of the social and historical . . . → Read More: Australian Social Trends, 2014 – ABS

To Be a Mother, or Not to Be? Career and wage ladder in Italy and the UK – Economix (EU)

ABSTRACT
This paper examines the extent to which motherhood affects women’s career accomplishments and wages in Italy and the UK. Using the EU-SILC 2009 data, a decomposition of the motherhood wage gap is implemented after accounting for double selection in labor market participation and motherhood. We find evidence of a negative correlation between labor market . . . → Read More: To Be a Mother, or Not to Be? Career and wage ladder in Italy and the UK – Economix (EU)

Equitable Full Employment: Delivering a jobs recovery for all – TUC (UK)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract
While the employment record of the UK between the end of the 1990s downturn and the onset of the 2008 Great Recession is generally considered to have been a success, even before the recession began there were significant causes for concern. Real wages had been stagnant since 2003. Employment growth for . . . → Read More: Equitable Full Employment: Delivering a jobs recovery for all – TUC (UK)

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