What happens to Vocational Education Graduates after leaving School?

What happens to Vocational Education Graduates after leaving School?

Skills for Jobs has supported the implementation a provider-based tracer system in its partner providers as of September 2017. Some of the key findings from the 2021 Tracer Study covering the 2019-2020 cohort are summarized below:

  • 63% of the 2020 graduates were employed or self-employed one year after graduation. The rates have increased from 33% in 2016 to 63% in 2020.
  • 25% of the 2020 graduates were unemployed. For the 2020 graduates the unemployment rate has gone down to 25% compared to 31% in 2019.
  • 11% were attending higher education or further trainings upon graduation.
  • For the 2020 graduates, more than half or 54% transitioned to the labour market before graduation. Moreover, the vast majority or 79% of the graduates entered the labour market for the first time within three months of graduation.
  • More than half or 54% of the 2020 employed graduates worked in occupations related to their education.
  • 36% of the 2020 employed graduates earned in the range of 35,001-50,000 ALL per month. Other 23% earned over 50,000 ALL. Over time more graduates have earned over 35,001 ALL reaching 59% for the employed graduates in 2020. 11% of 2020 graduates are paid over 80,000 ALL, reaching the highest percentage among all the cohorts.
  • Graduates typically felt secure and satisfied with their jobs one year after graduation. 56% of the 2020 employed graduates reported they felt stable at their job overall.
  • 84% of the 2020 graduates would again choose the same field of study, while 81% would also choose the same school.

Learn more in the comparative tracer report below.