A new report has set out recommendations to improve how senior students learn about their opportunities to pursue work or further studies.
Led by Professor Peter Shergold, the ‘Review of Senior Secondary Pathways: Looking to the future’ report was a major review of senior secondary pathways into work, further education and training in Australia.
The report, released on Thursday, made 30 findings on the current senior secondary pathways arrangements and 20 recommendations on helping young people navigate their senior years and enter further study or the workforce.
Key recommendations included the introduction of a Learner Profile that will identify a student’s range of skills, knowledge and experiences both from inside and outside the classroom and developing a national strategy with the Skills Council to deliver VET to secondary students.
The report also called for the strengthening of career guidance by creating a network of hubs providing individualised career guidance with an initial focus on regional and remote areas.
"Improving how we guide young Australians into work or further study in a way that satisfies their ambitions while ensuring they have the skills that employers’ demand will be critical to the recovery of the youth labour market," Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan said.
"Our Job-ready Graduates package will increase the number of university places for domestic students and make it cheaper to study areas of expected job growth”.
Minister Tehan said the government is also providing more support to Australians from regional areas, low SES students and Indigenous students to get into university and to graduate.
"Our Government wants universities to work more closely with local industries to improve workforce participation and productivity”.
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the Government strongly supported the report’s aims of strengthening the quality and relevance of vocational education and training in schools, while also supporting school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.
"Building engagement between schools and local employers exposes students to opportunities in their local area and helps them develop job-ready skills," Senator Cash said.
"The report’s focus on the importance of high-quality career guidance for students aligns with our establishment of a National Careers Institute (NCI)”.
Senator Cash said the NCI is undertaking valuable work in bringing together schools, businesses, industry and career practitioners to help people successfully move through their chosen careers.
The NCI’s Partnership Grants will also be announced in October.
In the meantime, the Federal Government will be considering the recommendations of the review before working closely with state and territory colleagues on a response through Education Council.