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Youth aspirations, participation in higher education and career choice capability: Where to from here?

The Australian Government believes that our education system must produce students with the skills and desire to succeed in a knowledge- or skills-based economy.

Policy changes have attempted to improve academic outcomes at school and in higher education; and to raise career aspirations among our youth, in particular those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

To date there have been few studies into the success of these policies or whether educational systems and students have adapted to new directions and the requirements of a changed occupational landscape in the future.

Early analysis of program effects is crucial to impress upon future governments the value of broadening participation in higher education and the need for continual improvement in school education.

This symposium will provide a collaborative space to share research into government efforts in these areas, and their effects on Australian youth aspirations and unemployment.

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