Breaking educational barriers
DATA released by the Department of Education has shown a large number of Gladstone high school leavers from disadvantaged backgrounds are going to university.
The Department splits socio-economic status into five brackets, with Quintile 1 being the most disadvantaged to Quintile 5 being the least.
56 school leavers from Quintile 2 and 52 from Quintile 3 decided to study a bachelor’s degree, which is higher than the number of students from Quintiles 4 and 5.
Eleven students from Quintile 1 elected to go to university.
CQUniversity pro-vicechancellor Peter Helibuth said data at the university showed a similar trend.
“We are proud to have a significant percentage of ‘firstin-family’ students, who are the first in their family to attend a university,” Mr Helibuth said.
“Additionally, government policy over the past 10 years has actively encouraged and supported university participation.”
Part-time work is the second most popular choice for students from Quintiles 2-5, and the most popular choice for Quintile 1 with 24 students.
Across the state, there has been a similar trend with 6353 students from Quintiles 1-3 deciding to attend university.
In comparison, 4577 students from the same quintiles decided to go in to part-time work.
The third most popular choice amongst students across all socio-economic brackets is apprenticeships and traineeships.
81 students from Quintiles 2-4 elected to enter the field after high school.
Vocational education is the least popular choice for Gladstone high school leavers, with only 41 students from Quintiles 1-3 deciding to complete a certificate.