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2019 Destination survey


There were 64 students who completed Year 12 in 2018. The ratio numbered 39 females and 25 males. At the time of the destination survey the following information was recorded.

A total of 31% of our Year 12 students (12 females, 4 males) were offered places at University in 2019. This was an increase 0f 8% on last year's cohort of which 23% accepted to commence in 2018. They included 11 females, and 6 males. Those choosing to defer university study made up 6% which was a 5% increase on last years' group. These students have opted to take up a gap year and have undertaken full-time or part-time -work to help with the costs of starting out and relocating for university.  

The students’ choice of courses was consistent with previous years. Most popular courses included Education, Information Technology, Communications, Engineering, Law and International Relations, Nursing, Exercise and Animal science.

Those students seeking alternative training options at private colleges or similar institutions were recorded at 8% which was up by 2%. The type of training undertaken included Early Childhood, The Defence Forces, Hospitality, Business Services and Administration.

Of the other students who completed their Higher School Certificate 16% were attending TAFE, which was an increase of 3%. This includes those students undertaking a traineeship or an apprenticeship. Those completing a traineeship represented 2% of the cohort. While 8% were employed in an apprenticeship which was up by 5% on last year's totals. The Apprenticeships offered were in the mechanical and metal Industries. The additional 6% of students were undertaking a range of courses including Age Care, Child Care, Information Technology, Events Management, Business and Animal studies.

Those students entering fulltime or part-time work made up 39% of the total leavers which was a decrease of 3%. Figures showed part-time workers increased by 2% representing 19% of the 2018 cohort, while those in full-time work decreased 25% to 16%. Employment options gained locally ranged from Retail, Industry and Health related areas. Please note several students undertaking TAFE courses and those in an apprenticeship or traineeship were not listed in these statistics which would take the number of students who are currently working to 55%.This was an increase of 5% of last years’ cohort of 50%.

Of students not in the labour market or undertaking further training, figures were down at 2% of students being unemployed at the time that this destination survey was collated. This was a 4% decrease on last year’s leavers. This is below the current youth unemployment statistical data.

Students unknown or undertaking other projects was consistent with last year’s total of 9%. These students are travelling, taking a Gap year, involved in volunteer work, have left town or did not complete the survey.

Mr, Kieran Duncan - Careers Advisor