The transition to full-time work of young people who do not go to university.

Gary Marks, ACER

Longitudinal surveys of Australian youth research report ; n.49


This report focuses on the transition to full-time employment of young people who do not go to university. The majority of Australia's school leavers do not enrol in university, and it is important to better understand the pathways that they follow. The report uses a substantial longitudinal dataset to map the dynamics of the youth labour market, and identify the factors that are important in securing full-time work. The group analysed were part of a national sample of 13,613 young people who were first surveyed in Year 9 in 1995. The report follows them through to 2002 when their average age was 21 and they had been out of school for between four and six years. The study reports on their main education and labour market activities in each year since leaving school. It then analyses the influences of social and demographic factors, school and other educational factors, and initial experiences in the labour market on their post-school activity four years after leaving school. The particular focus is on the factors that influence being in full-time employment four years after leaving school. Separate analyses were performed for males and females as their post-school experiences differ in a number of ways.