Young Australians still choosing education and training

Media release

17 December 2018

New figures released today reveal an estimated 82.8% of the 1.5 million Australians aged 15-19 years were enrolled in some form of education or training as at August 2017, similar to 2016.

The report Young people in education and training 2017, compiled annually by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), brings together information collected by NCVER, the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to provide data on students enrolled in school, vocational education and training (VET), and higher education.

The data shows that an estimated 57.1% of 15 to 19-year-olds were enrolled in school (14.3% were enrolled in a VET in Schools program), 16.1% were enrolled in higher education, 4.4% were undertaking apprenticeships or traineeships other than via VET in Schools, and 5.2% were enrolled in other VET programs.

“As with 2016, over half of school leavers were engaged in some form of education and training at age 19,” said Simon Walker, Managing Director, NCVER.

“University is still the preferred pathway for those aged 18 years and over, followed by vocational education and training.”

The report Young people in education and training 2017 is now available at:

About NCVER: we are the principal provider of research, statistics and data on Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector. Our services help promote better understanding of VET and assist policy-makers, practitioners, industry, training providers, and students to make informed decisions.

This work has been produced by NCVER on behalf of the Australian Government and state and territory governments, with funding provided through the Australian Government Department of Education and Training.

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