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Tertiary attainment – sustained progress by European Union Member States Almost half of Member States have reached the Europe 2020 target of 40% of people aged 30-34 holding a higher education degree or equivalent qualification, according to the latest data. Since the target was announced in 2010, progress has been steady, rising by around one percentage point a year. If current trends continue, the European Union should meet its target by the end of the decade.
Unemployment continues to grow in the EU, but at a slower pace now The unemployment rate in the EU has peaked at 10.5% (higher than in 2008 by 3.4 percentage points). But between 2010 and 2012 it grew less, with some countries reporting stable or even declining trends.
Life after initial VET can also lead to further education Despite major differences across countries, on average 31% of young VET graduates continue in further education and training in the EU
Labour market prospects deteriorate for early leavers from education and training In 2011, around 55% of early leavers from education and training were jobless (up by nine percentage points compared to 2008).
A head start for young people with vocational education In the EU, 79% of vocational education graduates were working in 2009.
ICT skill levels on the rise One in two 16-74 year-olds in the EU now has a medium or high level of computer skills.
Does VET contribute to raising tertiary educational attainment? In the EU, 8.5% of all 30-34 year-olds have a practically-oriented tertiary qualification, equivalent to a quarter of those with tertiary education attainment in that age group.
Young people from a migrant background at greater risk of leaving education and training early In the EU more than one in four young people from a migrant background leaves education and training too early.
Rising unemployment hits low-skilled adults the hardest At 14.8 %, the crisis-induced EU unemployment rate for low-educated adults is five percentage points higher than in 2008 and well above average.
Lifelong learning for adults with a low level of education: any recent progress? Among 25-64 year-olds, those with low qualifications are less likely to participate in adult learning. In the EU, their participation rates have stagnated at 3.8 %