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    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    More Year 12 graduates are earning or learning

    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Friday, September 02, 2011

    More Year 12 graduates are earning or learning

    More Queensland Year 12 graduates were studying, undertaking further training or working in the six months after leaving high school, Education Minister Cameron Dick said.

    Mr Dick said the 2011 Next Step survey showed the State Government’s ‘learning or earning’ laws were having an effect.

    “We’ve got almost 90 per cent of last year’s high school graduates either in the workforce or undertaking further study, and that’s very positive,” Mr Dick said.

    “88.9 per cent of 2010 Year 12 graduates are studying or in paid employment, up from 88.6 per cent in last year’s survey.

    “What it shows is that young people in Queensland are serious about their futures and are taking the next step after high school to get the skills they need.

    “That generally means further study at a university or taking up apprenticeship or traineeship, so it is pleasing to see so many graduates ready to take their skills to another level.

    “More school leavers are recognising the value in skills-based training, with 13.1 per cent enrolled in a Vocational Education Training (VET) Certificate, up from 12.6 per cent last year.

    “8 per cent have secured an apprenticeship and 3.9 per cent have taken up a traineeship, while 35.9 per cent are studying at university.

    “10.9 per cent of Year 12 graduates are now working full-time, up from 10.3 per cent from the previous year.

    “These results mean the Bligh Government is another step closer to achieving its Toward Q2 target of three out of four Queenslanders holding trade, training or tertiary qualifications by 2020.

    “The information in this report will be used to help determine the best ways to prepare future Year 12s for success after school.”

    The Next Step survey of Year 12 graduates has been conducted every year since 2005 and tracks the main study and work destinations of Queensland’s youth.

    Over 37,200 Year 12 graduates from 2010 completed the 2011 survey, which represents a response rate of 80.8%.

    Media contact: Office of the Minister for Education and Industrial Relations 3227 1000