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Most young people who do VET after school are in full-time work by the age of 25

There are five transitions young people aged 16-25 make between school and employment. Most involve some vocational education and training. Some involve university and others no education at all.
The disastrous experience of vocational education and training in Australia holds many lessons about trying to fit education into a for-profit market model. www.shutterstock.com

Why the profit motive fails in education

Market forces don’t work well in education. For-profit businesses are more tempted to exploit loopholes than provide quality service.
Students in the electrical program at H.C. Wilcox Technical High School in Meriden, Connecticut practice their skills. Connecticut Technical Education and Career System

For male students, technical education in high school boosts earnings after graduation

Students who get admitted to Connecticut’s career and technical education high schools are more likely to graduate and earn significantly more than peers who barely missed the cut.
Once qualified, men who did a popular engineering-related VET course often worked in high-paid fields such as construction or manufacturing. from shutterstock.com

If you have a low ATAR, you could earn more doing a VET course than a uni degree – if you’re a man

Students with lower ATARs generally have lower lifetime earnings. But a Grattan Institute report found low ATAR men could earn more doing a VET course than a bachelor degree in their chosen field.

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