Feature

Fewer young people going on to uni or getting a job

THE number of young Australians getting jobs or going to university actually fell in the three years to 2011 despite a national commitment to increase the rate.

And the gap in young Aussies' engagement in work or study has baffled the deputy chairman of the COAG reform council Greg Craven, leaving him to ask "Just what are they doing?".

More than three years ago, the state and territory governments and the Commonwealth committed to increasing the number of Australians in work or studying.

But a COAG Reform Council report, to be released on Wednesday, shows there's been no significant change for Australians aged 18 to 24 since 2008.

Prof Craven said the report revealed a real concern that those young Australians not taking up work or study opportunities "risk future social and economic exclusion".

"Studying, training or working once they finish school is vital for young people if they are going to participate in, and make a valuable contribution to, Australian society," Prof Craven said.

"Apart from that, the skill level of our workforce will continue to suffer if governments across Australia do not work out how to better engage young people in vocational education and training."

The report showed the number of 18-24 year olds fully engaged in employment, education or training fell significantly from more than 76% in 2008 to 72.5% in 201, partly due to a drop in full time employment.

The council was concerned that nationally, the rates of young people aged 20-24 finishing year 12 did not change, sitting about 84% between 2008 and 2011.

And despite a huge increase in university enrolments, there was no significant rise in the number of young people who have, or were, studying for a non-school qualification.

Topics:  coag employment jobs news training and education



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

$1.5 billion Ripley development on track for new year

Construction of Ripley Town Centre stage one is set to begin next year.

Town Centre 80% sold to Coles, speciality stores

Woollies heart attack: Doctors used a defibrillator 40 times

LIFE SAVERS: Ed Stubbs (centre) had a heart attack at the Inala Woolworths store and was helped by quick think store manager Marc Roper (right) and customer David Duprat (left) who administered CPR.

VIDEO: Survivor says thanks to the heroes who saved his life.

REVEALED: Shopping centre announces new dining options

Redbank Plaza announces the new food and drink options opening in store.

SUSHI, health food and vegan donuts just some of the food on offer.

Local Partners

FLOOD RISK: Mayors launch plan to protect $260M industry

A COMPREHENSIVE plan to deal with the flood risk to rivers and lakes in the Lockyer Valley has been launched.


Top 5 Christmas events around Ipswich

The Twighlight Christmas Parade was just the first of many events around the region.

THERE are plenty of exciting Christmas activities coming up.

It's official, Christmas has started in Ipswich

TIS THE SEASON: Plenty of families got into the holiday spirit at the Christmas Twilight Parade.

PHOTOS: Annual Twilight Parade draws hundreds, more events to come

What's on this weekend

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

Things to do in Ipswich

Hacksaw Ridge wins big in first round of AACTA Awards

Luke Bracey and Andrew Garfield in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

THE major awards will be handed out on Wednesday night.

Paris Hilton fumes at clumsy partygoers

A reveller spilt their drink on Paris Hilton's DJ decks

Winnie Harlow isn't a role model

Winnie Harlow insists she isn't a role model.

Felicity Jones proud of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role

Felicity Jones feels it is "important" for a woman to head Rogue One

Kiwi's plea to Ellen DeGeneres to save bakery after quake

Ellen... we need your magic.

Family had to be helicoptered out after powerful quake

Seacrest: Things are "going better" for Kim and Kanye

Ryan Seacrest says things are "going better now" for Kanye West

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Prices jump in trio of mining towns

THE boost in coal prices in the past six months has triggered a house price jump in at least three mining towns in Central Queensland.

Boost in coal prices triggers a market turnaround

INSIDE STORY: Disused pipeline stops hundreds from building

TRAIL OF TEARS: Route of the disused Santos oil pipeline which is stopping hundreds of Ipswich residents from building.

Santos responds but Tully says easements issue must be addressed

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!