Education and training
National and state education and training summary tables
Data sources and definitions
Young people at risk in the transition from education to work
Many young people are fully engaged in either education or employment, or a combination of both. Some of those who are not fully engaged in these activities may be at risk of becoming long term unemployed, underemployed, or marginally attached to the labour force; or may lack skill formation that can assist them over the long-term in the labour market. In 2004, 31% of recent school leavers aged 15-19 years were in this situation, as were 23% of young adults aged 20-24 years.
Multiple qualification holders
Qualifications can provide a pathway to career progression, or a change in work or can update skills required in an increasingly technological workforce. In 2001 just over half of 15-64 year olds held non-school qualifications and almost a third of those with qualifications held more than one non-school qualification. This article examines the characteristics of these 2.3 million multiple qualification holders.
School students' mathematics and science literacy
Literacy in areas such as science and information technology, as well as mathematics, is becoming more important for functioning in our technical world. The recent results from the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment show that Australian students performed well in comparison with students from 41 OECD and other countries. This article explores the mathematics and science literacy of Australian students, examining results by gender, states and territories, and for Indigenous students.