2000 – 2005
The National Youth Committment was about guaranteeing that all young people have access to Year 12 or its equivalent or a job with training. Six partnerships were established between 1999 and 2001 to explore the capacity of local communities to deliver a Youth Commitment.
Australia is one of the few countries in the OECD where school retention declined during the 1990s. Currently there are more than 190,000 teenagers who are neither in full-time work or full-time education. This is occurring at a time when education and training is becoming a lifelong, on-going process and when, in terms of employment, value is being placed on the development of personal and intellectual skills — the so-called ‘soft skills’ like clear thinking, problem solving and relationship-building.