Beyond Learn or Earn: Young People tell how policy can better support those who need it most

Current government policy strongly advocates that young people finish Year 12, then move from school to further training and/or to paid employment.To combat high youth unemployment and poor outcomes for those with lower levels of education, the Australian government introduced the learn or Earn program.

Under Learn or Earn, young people who have not finished Year 12 must be in education or training to receive income support payments. This study highlights the human impact and common experience of the Learn or Earn initiative and lets young people themselves tell their own experience of Learn or Earn.

AYAC conducted in depth interviews with 27 young people from around Australia and surveyed 159 youth workers.  The report reveals the reasons young people disengage from study or work, examines the strengths and weaknesses of the Australian Government’s policy approach, and offers insights about what young people really need to succeed in learning and the workforce.  Most of all, ‘Beyond Learn or Earn” gives young people themselves the chance to speak about their own experiences of school and work and government policy, in their own words.

To read the full report Beyond Learn or Earn: Young People tell how policy can better support those who need it most, click on one of the following links: