Finishing Year 12 will double job prospects
A NORTH Coast training and employment firm says businesses and educators might need to look outside the box into areas such as teaching motivation to help young people find jobs.
The general manager of CHESS vocational, employment and research services, Paul Kelly, was commenting on a study of school leavers which revealed only a third of those who dropped out of school last year had full time work and a quarter of them had no work at all.
"The key indicators of motivation are finishing Year 12, going to university, finishing courses," he said.
"Programs around motivation would have to look outside the traditional education centres to find ways to help young people engage with education and work."
Mr Kelly said school leavers had often learned to be disengaged by the time they finished school and programs needed to be tailored to reach them.
He also said small businesses needed to look at the benefits of employing people in roles they might not have thought about.
Social Research Centre analysts surveyed thousands of students who had completed high school, left early for outside training or simply dropped out.
About 40% of graduates from north-east NSW continued on to tertiary education, compared to 73% in North Sydney.
Early school leavers from wealthy inner Sydney were the least likely geographical group to be in full-time work (19%), followed by West Sydney (31%) and north-east NSW (32.8%).
Only one-fifth of indigenous students who left before graduating had full-time jobs.
The report found girls were more likely than boys to enter vocational training, part-time work or undertake a traineeship.
But 39% of males who left school early reported entering apprenticeships - five times more likely than females.
"Overall, it appears the post-school destinations of early school leavers in 2014 are slightly poorer than their counterparts in 2010 and 2013," the report stated.