2015 Next Step Survey
The 2015 Next Step survey was the eleventh statewide survey of students who completed Year 12 at state, Catholic and independent schools across Queensland. The survey results show the initial study and work destinations of young people who finished school in 2014.
The survey was conducted between March and June 2015 and achieved a response rate of 80.2 per cent.
Summary results of the 2015 Next Step survey are as follows:
- the majority of Year 12 completers (87.0 per cent) were studying or in paid employment at the time of the survey
- further study was a common destination for Year 12 completers, with 61.7 per cent continuing in some recognised form of education or training in the year after they left school
- students undertaking a Bachelor Degree accounted for 40.6 per cent of all Year 12 completers
- a further 21.2 per cent of all Year 12 completers were participating in vocational education and training (VET)
- campus-based VET students - those with a main destination of VET Certificate I-IV or higher - were more likely to be studying at Certificate IV level or higher (7.5 per cent of all Year 12 completers compared to 2.6 per cent for Certifcate III level and 2.7 per cent for Certificate I-II level)
- employment-based training accounted for 8.4 per cent of Year 12 completers, either in apprenticeships (5.9 per cent) or traineeships (2.4 per cent)
- the remaining 38.3 per cent of Year 12 completers did not enter post-school education or training, and were either employed (25.3 per cent), seeking work (10.7 per cent) or not in the labour force, education or training (2.2 per cent)
- there were 3200 Year 12 completers (8.0 per cent of all Year 12 completers) who had deferred a tertiary offer. Among this group, 18.5 per cent were undertaking an alternative education or training pathway. A further 64.1 per cent were employed, 13.7 per cent were seeking work and 3.7 per cent were not in the labour force, education or training.
Detailed results of the 2015 Next Step survey are available in a comprehensive statewide report and 19 regional reports.
Thank you to the many thousands of Queensland Year 12 completers who took part in the 2015 Next Step survey and contributed to its success.
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