NSW research project: Pathways for the Future

Research on education-to-work pathways

Young people can take a variety of paths from study into work. To give prospective NSW students helpful information on the pathways available, the NSW Department of Industry—in partnership with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, the NSW Department of Education, the NSW Education Standards Authority and TAFE NSW—has commissioned the 'Pathways for the Future' research project.

A retrospective cohort study, it will look at education-to-work pathways for young people aged 15 to 24 in NSW over the period 1996–2016.

Formal research approval for the analysis of this data has been granted by an independent human research ethics committee.

Public benefits of this research project

The research findings will provide current and future cohorts of NSW students with comprehensive information about the outcomes of different educational pathways. This will help them make more informed and individualised choices about their pattern of study and pathway into meaningful work.

As well as giving students information on educational and employment outcomes, the research findings will inform government policies and programs that help young people transition through the education system and find meaningful employment.

Protecting personal privacy

All project partners are committed to upholding the privacy, confidentiality and security of the personal information they collect and provide to the project in accordance with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and other relevant legislation.

The NSW Department of Industry and its partners will take all reasonable steps to protect the security of the information collected for the project. In addition to legislative protections, the project's internal practices, methodologies and technology are specifically designed to maintain the confidentiality and security of the data brought together for the research.

Before information is analysed by the research team, all personal information (such as names) is removed. De-identified information is stored in a secure research environment that prevents unauthorised extraction.

Only aggregate, anonymous information will be presented in the research findings. For example, the research may highlight the proportion of young people that undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship in NSW and their employment outcomes.

How to withdraw your information from the research project

The NSW Department of Industry is providing an opportunity for people to withdraw their information from the research project.

If you attended school, undertook a vocational education and training qualification or an apprenticeship, traineeship or higher education qualification in NSW and were aged between 15 and 24 during the period 1996–2016, your information will be included in the research project.

The withdrawal period will run from Monday 6 August 2018 to Sunday 23 September 2018.

Update: The withdrawal period ended on Sunday 23 September 2018. The Department of Industry can no longer accept withdrawal requests. The analysis produced by the research will be based on aggregate and de-identified information and no personal information will be shared.

Page last updated: 3 July 2019