A growing part of 18 to 25-year-olds embark on a study in higher vocational education (hbo) or university (wo).
In the first quarter of 2011, the youth unemployment rate in the Netherlands was 7.4 %, i.e. lower than in all other Member States of the European Union (EU).
The proportion of school-drop-outs in the Netherlands over the period 2001-2010 was reduced from 15 to 10 percent.
The European Inventory 2010 provides a unique record on how validation is already being used at national, regional and local level to address issues relating to lifelong learning, employment and social exclusion.
The PISA results show that in the field of language skills, Dutch youngsters are second in Europe, just behind Finland.
The aim of the Dutch education policy is to equip as many young people as possible for a modern knowledge society. The award of basic qualifications (at least upper secondary level completion) is the main priority.