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Queensland apprenticeships and traineeships popularity booming

Queensland apprenticeships and traineeships popularity booming

More students are opting for apprenticeship and traineeship programs than tertiary courses.

More young Queenslanders are opting for school-based apprenticeships and traineeships over tertiary studies, recent figures have revealed.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is becoming an increasingly popular option for students – with the number of Queenslanders in school-based programs soaring to almost double in five years.

According to a News Limited report, 16,739 young people completed a VET qualification in 2007, compared to almost 29,000 recorded last year – an increase of more than 10,000.

The diverse range of VET subjects, which lead to a wide range of career options, are thought to be an incentive for more Queenslanders to embark on hands-on training programs.

However, with the rocketing figures in VET programs, the number of OP-eligible students has fallen across the Sunshine State from 26,182 in 2007 to 25,944 last year.

Jodi Schmidt, Department of Education, Training and Employment acting director-general, said VET qualifications were diverse – helping school-leavers without an OP obtain university entrance.

She commented: “I do think that the number of pathways from vocational outcomes to higher level (tertiary) outcomes have become greater – and significantly greater.

“This generation of students are looking to make sure that their options are not closed off in any way and therefore complementing a school curriculum with Vocational Education and Training competency outcomes gives them a well-rounded view of that.”

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