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Next Step Longitudinal Study

The Next Step Longitudinal study is annually tracking, through to the age of 24, two groups of young people who completed Year 12 in Queensland at government, Catholic and independent schools.

The first group comprises a large sample of young people who completed Year 12 in 2005, and participated in the 2006 Next Step survey. This group were recruited prior to the introduction of the Education and Training Reforms for the Future (ETRF) and are referred to as the pre-ETRF cohort of the Next Step Longitudinal study.

The 2013 Next Step Longitudinal (Pre-ETRF) report is the eighth report on the findings from the pre-ETRF cohort of the Next Step Longitudinal study. The report investigates the education, training and employment pathways taken by this group of young people from their initial destinations six months after completing Year 12 to their destinations eight years since leaving school.

In 2011, an additional sample of young people who completed Year 12 in 2010, and participated in the 2011 Next Step survey were recruited to form the second group of young people being tracked by the longitudinal study. This group were recruited after the ETRF were implemented and subsequently are referred to as the post-ETRF cohort of the Next Step Longitudinal study.

The 2013 Next Step Longitudinal (Post-ETRF) report is the second report on the findings from the post-ETRF cohort of the Next Step Longitudinal study. The report investigates the education, training and employment pathways taken by this group of young people over the first three years following the completion of Year.

The Next Step Longitudinal study is one of Australia's most comprehensive post-school destination studies. The Next Step Longitudinal study provides a deeper understanding of the longer term social and economic outcomes of the educational system and supplements the valuable 'point-in-time' information provided by the annual Next Step survey.

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