Issue 224, April 2015
The report, Career development supporting young Australians: A literature review, has been published jointly by the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) and the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), and commissioned by Youth Connect. It outlines the existing careers programs and resources available to young Australians.
The main findings are that:
Students from low socioeconomic backgrounds and those in regional, rural and remote locations are particularly vulnerable and may have much more limited exposure to various career possibilities than those from urban areas. And today it is not just young people without qualifications who are finding it tough: ‘ “difficult transitions” are now being experienced by a greater proportion of young people, even those with tertiary qualifications, and not just by those historically labelled as disadvantaged’.
The authors emphasise that trained careers practitioners and teachers are vital, and that parents need to play a role too. Employers can help in boosting the confidence of young jobseekers by providing careers talks or work experience; UK research shows that these experiences have a direct and measurable effect on the ability of young people to find work.
Source:Brotherhood Update, April 2015, Brotherhood of St Laurence.