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An electronic journal for leaders in education
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School to work: pathways for young Australians

Robyn Jorgensen
Professor Zevenbergen is a senior lecturer in education at Griffith University
Secondary schools face twin challenges: to make curricula meaningful, purposeful and relevant for the 65% of students who currently do not intend to take a tertiary career; and to equip young people for employment in the modern economy by teaching them skills in short supply. A large-scale study conducted over 2003-2006 has examined school-to-work transition programs in urban, industrial and rural regions within the three mainland states of eastern Australia, exploring the benefits and difficulties of such pathways for students, schools and employers.

Subject Headings

Transitions in schooling
VET (Vocational Education and Training)
Young adults
Secondary education
New South Wales (NSW)