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Study confirms Howard Governemnt's commitment to quality careers advice.



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STUDY CONFIRMS HOWARD GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO QUALITY CAREERS ADVICE

2 September 2005 MIN 1188/05

An Australian Council of Education Research (ACER) report released today has provided further proof that high quality careers advice is vitally important in assisting young people make the right choices about their work and study options.

The report, Attitudes, Intentions and Participation,shows that students’ opinions about education - formed as early as Year 9 - including their motivation, satisfaction and views of teachers, were key factors behind students’ decisions on whether to study up to, or beyond, Year 12.

The Howard Government firmly believes that students need support in making a successful transition from school to further study or work and will invest $143.2 million to establish the Australian Network of Industry Careers Advisers (ANICA) and a further $24 million for initiatives such as Youth Pathways (previously the Jobs Pathways Programme).

From 2006, Youth Pathways will focus more closely on young people aged between 13-19 who are most at risk of disengaging from school and will include individualised support and guidance. This will complement the work of ANICA as it seeks to promote mentoring and other transition support and create better connections with existing youth services and programmes.

The report also found that poor literacy and numeracy are major reasons for students

deciding to leave school prior to Year 12 and for not participating in post-school education or training. Over the next four years the Government will invest $2.1 billion to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of educationally disadvantaged students and to assist students with disabilities.

The ACER report was based on the Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) which gathered responses from an initial sample of over 13,000 students who were in Year 9 in 1995. The LSAY is a series of surveys that focuses on the progress of young Australians as they move from their initial education to independent working life.

Effective career and transition support increases the chances young people will choose education and employment pathways that match their talents, aspirations and their needs. It encourages greater valuing of the VET and other pathways outside of university that can lead to satisfying, productive and well paid careers.

The Howard Government believes an apprenticeship, traineeship or TAFE qualification should be considered as a real option for young people today and as prized as any university degree. No young person should feel that the value of their life is determined by the educational choices they make. Their choices in apprenticeships, TAFE or university must be equally valued.

The Attitudes, Intentions and Participation report is available at http://www.acer.edu.au/research/LSAY/research.html

Media Contacts: Dr Nelson’s Office Yaron Finkelstein 0414 927 663 Dept. Education Science and Training Julianne Stewart (02) 6240 7175