Somewhere in my emails is the link to the original article and research: watch this space.I guess this is some compensation for the problems caused by increasing the leaving age.

Vocational study no substitute for HSC
Jen Rosenberg EDUCATION
The Sydney Morning Herald
21 Sep 2011

STUDENTS who take certificate training as an alternative to year 12 are worse off than their peers who get better results and have better work options, states a study of young people. If governments push vocational education as a viable alternative to…read more…