What young people and their influencers want

The 2018 National Employment Solutions Conference will be held at Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW next month over the 8th – 9th October.

The conference provides the opportunity to be involved through presenting, learning, engaging, networking and collaborating with other professionals within the employment sector.

Joining us at the conference is Ms Peta Skujins, Director at Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service who will present on ‘Making Australian Apprenticeships information engaging: What young people and their influencers want’.


The Australian Apprenticeships system is complex and difficult to navigate, especially for young people, their parents, and often for career advisers. The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS) aims to collate information about this complex system and present it in a meaningful and engaging way.

Our research has shown that young people like being able to access careers information in a variety of ways, including online and through social media. These newer technologies, however, do not replace the need for conversations or printed materials that young people can pick up, take with them, and use as the basis for conversations. Young people’s experiences of trying to find careers information indicates that we need to do more in giving our youth the tools necessary to find information for themselves and analyse the reliability of this information. We also need to make sure that good quality careers information is supported by networks of advisers and influencers that are able to assist young people determine their career pathways.

AATIS is using the results of this research to improve the provision of information to young people, inform influencers about the tools young people need to access information, and promote Australian Apprenticeships as a viable employment and education pathway.

During this presentation, we will give an overview of the research results and demonstrate selected cases where we have applied the research learnings. This includes detailing the platforms that young people and their influencers use and find helpful in accessing careers information, and where discrepancies lie between these groups. We will explore some of the key barriers for young people accessing careers information through various platforms, and how we can use alternate delivery methods to ensure all youth can access careers information.


Peta is the Director of the Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Information Service (AATIS). She has a background in education and employment research and is interested in pathways between the compulsory education system and further education and the labour market. She was previously the Research and Content Officer at AATIS, and a Research Officer with NCVER. She has a PhD in Psychology.

For more information on the 2018 National Employment Solutions Conference and to secure your spot, please visit www.employmentsolutions.net.au