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Youth participation in employment, education, or training


The period of transition from compulsory education to employment or further education is a critical period for young people's wellbeing. This indicator looks at the proportion of 15-24 year-olds participating in employment, education, or training.

Deciding to remain in education, or take up employment or training opportunities are important decisions that can impact Their experiences and choices during this period can impact social and health outcomes, and young people who leave education and do not transition into meaningful work or further education or training are at greater risk of poor mental and physical health, being socially isolated, unemployment and low income over their lifetime, and are more likely to engage in criminal behaviours.

The reasons for not participating in employment, education, or training are varied. While some youth may be unable to find employment, or unwilling to find employment, others may be purposefully holding out for opportunities that suit their skills/aspirations. Furthermore, some may be unavailable to work or study due to other responsibilities, such as caring for family members, their children, or they may be sick or disabled.

This indicator relates to the 'learning and developing' outcome

How will we measure this?

  • This indicator draws on data from the Household Labour Force Survey, and includes international comparisons
  • Data from the Household Labour Force Survey is updated quarterly.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 23 July 2020