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Demand is increasing for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills. Graduates from upper-secondary vocational education and training are important providers of STEM skills, but numbers are falling in some countries.
A picture of skill: OECD's adult skills survey
Literacy levels vary across countries and between vocational education and training (VET) and general education graduates at upper-secondary levels, according to first findings from the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) published in October. The findings also show that, unsurprisingly, the young are more literate, but that proficiency in literacy peaks at around 30 years of age.
Croatia – Country statistical overview
On 1 July 2013 Croatia became the European Union’s 28th Member State. To mark the occasion Cedefop has prepared a statistical overview on vocational education and training (VET) and lifelong learning in Croatia. Selected for their policy relevance and importance to achieving the Europe 2020 strategy’s objectives, the indicators quantify key aspects of VET and lifelong learning and relate Croatia’s performance to the EU average.
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.