Youth Action, Mission Australia and Uniting have released a joint report today into Vocational Education and Training for disadvantaged young people.
They’ve highlighted some of the barriers young people experiencing disadvantage are facing, including expensive upfront fees, hard to find information, lack of support for vulnerable groups. They have also provided solutions that the NSW Government can implement so that we get as many young people who want to study, through the courses that will help them find employment and success.
The report released by Youth Action, Uniting and Mission Australia identifies significant barriers young people, especially those experiencing disadvantage, are facing to achieve a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification in NSW.
More than 90 per cent of the 990,000 jobs expected to be created in Australia by 2020 will require a post-secondary qualification. Research shows that young people are taking an average of 4.7 years to find full-time work after they leave education and 2.3 years to find any work at all.
Expensive up-front fees, complex eligibility criteria, confusing course information along with inadequate support for Aboriginal students and students experiencing disabilities, mental health issues and homelessness were key barriers identified by young people and social service workers consulted for the report.
Katie Acheson, CEO, Youth Action said: “Education is one of the most effective pathways out of poverty and disadvantage and right now in NSW there are too many obstacles preventing young people experiencing disadvantage from starting or completing that journey towards employment.
“Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds take up VET courses so they can get their first job, so they can put a roof over their heads and gain some financial stability. The young people we spoke to were optimistic that they could achieve their goals, but told us they just needed a little support to get there.
The report surveyed 50 individuals from organisations that work with young people experiencing disadvantage … [Continues]
SOURCE: Youth Action, Mission Australia and Uniting. “Vocational Education and Training in NSW: Report into access and outcomes for young people experiencing disadvantage.” Youth Action, Uniting, & Mission Australia, February 2018.
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