Thousands of school-leavers have flooded special State Government counselling centres following the release of TEE results last week.
Education and Training Minister Kay Hallahan today said more than 5,000 calls had been made to information hotlines and more than 1,500 young people had visited 24 State-wide counselling centres seeking help.
The counselling centres and hotlines were a key part of the $10 million State and Federal `Smart Move!' strategy to provide additional education and training places for school-leavers.
Mrs Hallahan said the popularity of the counselling and information service showed that young people recognised that education and training offered the best chance for the future.
"Young people realise that the more skills they have, the better their employment prospects. Jobs for unskilled school-leavers are fast disappearing," she said.
"A highly skilled workforce benefits not only individuals but the State's economy as a whole."
More than 17,300 young people who completed Year 12 in 1992 face strong competition for university places and a competitive job market.
Young people wanting more information were urged to call 325 9322 (metro) or 008 999 167 (country toll-free).