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This extensive research project is designed to improve awareness and
create better pathways for students transitioning from secondary
school to tertiary studies, and into the workforce.
TAFE NSW helps students get jobs today and careers for the future,
but to properly prepare students to become fully qualified members of
tomorrow’s workforce, we need to have a greater understanding of the
youth of today, and their plans for the future.
Students in the spotlight
Historically, research on job growth has been entirely focussed on
the employer’s side of the equation, and has overlooked the point of
view of the younger, emerging workforce. However, the NSW Youth
Barometer will engage with the next generation to outline their
aspirations, perceptions and the influences on young people’s career decisions.
The project aims to discover how students in NSW are planning for
their futures and how they view their prospects. As the largest
education and training provider in the state with the greatest range
of courses from Certificate III to Degrees, TAFE NSW is keen to
consult directly with high school students in Years 9-12, and actively
involve them in influencing policy that affects youth affairs, their
transition from secondary school, to tertiary studies, and into the
‘world of work’.
Building better pathways
Once we analyse the results, TAFE NSW will look to implement steps to
take advantage of opportunities, and address any areas in need of
improvement. TAFE NSW will then be better positioned to help change
the way studies are driven, and how courses are delivered,
particularly for the young people of NSW, giving them the best
opportunities to help them reach their goals.
The more students we can get to participate in the Youth Barometer,
the more accurate our results will be. This will help TAFE NSW paint a
much clearer picture, and put us in the best possible position to
implement the educational and training needs of today’s students, so
they can become a happy and fulfilled workforce or tomorrow. TAFE NSW
wants to help students be whatever they want to be - but first we need
to know what it is that they want to be.
Individual links will be sent to schools across NSW starting August
1st, if you, as a year 9, 10, 11 or 12 student are interested please
speak to your teachers about when you will have the opportunity to
have your voice heard.