Government calls for industry’s views on school pathways to further education and employment

On 8 August, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Education Council announced it would conduct a Review of Senior Secondary Pathways into Work, Further Education and Training.

The terms of reference have been established to look at:

  • The essential skills and knowledge young people should have when they leave secondary school, and considers industry’s role in delivering workforce education and training;
  • Whether existing arrangements in school, tertiary education and work are flexible enough to support students into appropriate pathways;
  • The barriers students confront, particularly when considering, understanding or even knowing the pathways available to them;
  • What is being done to help students make effective and well-informed choices, including careers education, vocational and work-related learning in schools, and industry-education partnerships; and
  • Ways government, education providers and industry can collect and disseminate data to improve our understanding and policy-direction in supporting students.

When Ai Group surveyed employers on their workforce skills needs, we were told that more can be done to improve the skills and knowledge of school leavers entering the workforce.

Employer satisfaction with school leaver applicants

Source: Ai Group, Skilling: A National Imperative, Workforce Development Needs Survey, 2018

The review is chaired by the eminent Australian public servant, Prof. Peter Shergold, who headed the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in the early 2000s.

It also builds on the work of the Federal Government’s Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools (Gonski 2.0) and Expert Review of Australia’s Vocational Education and Training System (Joyce Review).

Industry’s feedback to this review is important to informing government policy-makers, and guiding the direction of education systems and providers when working with industry.

If you would like to contribute to Ai Group’s submission to this review, please contact, Paolo Damante, Senior Policy Officer, Education and Training at by Friday, 15 November 2019.

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Paolo Damante is a Senior Policy Officer at Ai Group, contributing to education and training policy, having formerly worked as a Senior Adviser to the Victorian Minister for Education. He has over a decade's experience in public policy, with a particular focus on education. Prior to joining Ai Group, Paolo worked as an adviser to a number of federal and state parliamentarians, and also had a career in banking and finance. He also holds a Master of Diplomacy and Trade.

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