The VET sector has a critical role to play in improving youth unemployment, especially for young early school leavers. New research shows the sector must work together to demystify VET pathways and better inform and support this vulnerable group if it wants to engage them in training.

“With almost one-third of young people unemployed or underemployed, it is important for early school leavers to gain skills that improve their employment opportunities. The role that vocational education and training (VET) plays is critical, particularly for young early school leavers. They have a greater risk of experiencing disadvantage in multiple areas of their lives — economic, social, health — than those who complete Year 12. But getting young people into VET can be difficult. The proportion of those in VET aged between 15 and 19 years declined by about 2% between 2015 and 2016, and the number of students in this age group has been in a steady decline since 2012.”

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