THE 2013 Next Step Report released today shows Queensland students continue to make successful transitions from school into further study and work.
Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said more Queenslanders were undertaking a Bachelor Degree in the six months after leaving school than in any of the previous nine years.
"More than 39 per cent of Queensland Year 12 graduates from 2012 were studying towards a degree, which is a great result for Queensland," Mr Langbroek said.
The minister said it showed an increasingly positive trend over the past five years and this year's results were up from about 38 per cent recorded last year.
"Also, of the 2012 Year 12 graduates who were studying, more than 77 per cent were studying full-time, which is up from less than 75 per cent last year."
The Next Step survey is the most comprehensive study of its kind in Australia.
It highlights the initial study and work destinations of Queensland Year 12 students from government and non-government schools approximately six months after completing their Year 12 studies.
The survey has been conducted every year since 2005.
More than 39,400 Year 12 graduates from 2012 completed the survey.
That's a response rate of nearly 82 per cent, which along with the 65.4 per cent response rate of indigenous completers, was slighter higher than last year.
"Numbers in skills-based learning were slightly lower than in 2012, with approximately 22 per cent enrolled in vocational education and training," said Mr Langbroek.
"The number of high school graduates in work without undertaking any further education or training has also decreased from just over 30 per cent in 2009 to almost 26 per cent in 2013."
Mr Langbroek said that overall, 88 per cent of Year 12 graduates from 2012 were studying or in paid employment in 2013, which was slightly lower than 89 per cent the previous year.
More than 62 per cent of those in study were combining work with their study.
"Around 35 per cent of apprentices and trainees were enrolled in courses in engineering and related technologies. Society and culture and health were also popular fields of further education and training among other Year 12 graduates," he said.
"For Year 12 graduates who were working, retail trade and hospitality were important industries of employment.
he construction industry was a common area of employment for those who transitioned into an apprenticeship.
"The number of Year 12 graduates obtaining a training qualification while at school continues to increase and these students were more likely to undertake apprenticeships and traineeships after leaving school than their peers."