Australian youth choosing education and training

Media release

23 November 2016

Figures released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show that for the 1.5 million young Australians aged 15 to 19, 83.4% were enrolled in education and training as at August 2015.

Across this age range, 56.8% were at school, 16.1% were enrolled in higher education, 4.5% were undertaking apprenticeships or traineeships (which were not part of a VET in Schools program), and 5.9% were enrolled in other vocational education and training (VET) programs.

“By age 19 we’re seeing over half of school leavers transition to post-school education and training. Our figures show university continues to be the preferred pathway for young people”, said Dr Mette Creaser, National Manager, Statistics and Analytics, NCVER.

By 19 years of age 32.5% were enrolled in higher education, 9.5% were undertaking apprenticeships and traineeships, and 11.1% were enrolled in other VET programs.

Young people in education and training 2015, provides data on the number of students enrolled in school, VET and university. The full report is available at

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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