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CHARACTERISTIC: FLOW OF SKILLED PEOPLE

INDICATOR: Participation in secondary and tertiary education, proportion of relevant age group

The level of participation in education of 1519 year olds was 76% in 2004, down slightly on earlier years. Participation in education includes all persons enrolled for a course of study at an educational institution during the survey month. Included are schools, higher education establishments, colleges of technical and further education, public and private colleges.

PARTICIPATION IN EDUCATION(a)

1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Education participation
of all aged 15
19
72.9
73.9
74.0
77.4
76.9
77.8
77.6
77.4
77.3
77.5
76.2
Education participation
of all aged 20
24
26.6
28.0
31.5
31.0
32.1
34.4
34.4
34.8
37.2
37.5
37.7
Higher education students
of all aged 15
24
14.9
14.2
15.5
16.4
16.4
17.6
17.2
18.4
19.8
18.9
19.3

(a) Data for 1994 and 1995 refer to courses leading to recognised qualifications only.
Source: ABS
Survey of Education and Work.

PARTICIPATION IN EDUCATION OF PERSONS AGED 1524
graph: Participation in education of persons aged 15-24
Data for 1994 and1995 refer to courses leading to recognised qualifications only
.
Source: ABS Survey of Education and Work.




STATISTICAL NOTES

Educational institution
This is any institution with a primary role of education. Included are schools, higher education establishments, colleges of technical and further education, public and private colleges. Excluded are institutions whose primary role is not education, for example, hospitals.

Higher education student
A higher education student is a person who was enrolled (either full-time, part-time or externally) in a higher education institution in the survey month.

Data for the proportion of 15–24 year olds attending higher education refers to persons aged 15–24 years enrolled at higher education institutions as a percentage of the civilian population in the same age group.

Participation in education
The education participation rate for any group, is the number of persons participating in education expressed as a percentage of the civilian population in the same group.

For information on concepts, sources and methods see the Explanatory Notes from ABS Education and Work, Australia (cat. no. 6227.0).



INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS


EDUCATIONAL PARTICIPATION SELECTED OECD COUNTRIES 2002

1519
years
2029
years
3039
years
%
%
%

Australia
82.6
32.9
15.2

France
86.7
19.6
1.8
Germany
89.2
25.5
2.8
United States of America
74.8
25.2
4.6
New Zealand
72.1
25.4
10.9
United Kingdom
76.8
26.8
16.2

OECD Average
79.4
22.7
5.4

Source: OECD Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators.


EDUCATIONAL PARTICIPATION SELECTED OECD COUNTRIES 2002

graph: Educational participation selected OECD countries 2002
Source: OECD Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators.




STATISTICAL NOTES

International Standard Classification of Education
The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) was developed by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to facilitate comparisons of education statistics and indicators within and between countries. It was originally endorsed at the General Conference of UNESCO in 1978. The current version (ISCED 1997) was officially adopted in November 1997.
The 1997 International Standard Classification of Education ( ISCED-97) introduced a mult-dimensional classification framework, allowing for the alignment of the educational content of programmes from different countries using multiple classification criteria. These dimensions include the type of subsequent education or destination to which the programme leads, the programme orientation (whether it be general or pre-vocational education, or vocational education) and the programme duration. For detailed notes see the OECD publication Classifying Educational Programmes, Manual for ISCED 97 Implementation in OECD countries, Edition 1999.

The ABS has designed ASCED to be as consistent with ISCED as possible. However, the needs of users and producers of statistics on education in Australia, and other factors unique to the Australian education system, have meant that total consistency has not been possible. Like ASCED, ISCED has separate dimensions of Level of Education and Field of Education. Correspondence tables providing comprehensive information on the relationship between ASCED and ISCED 1997 are available on the ABS Website; ABS Australian Standard Classification of Education (ABS cat. no. 1272.0)

For more international comparisons see OECD Education at a glance: indicator tables at http://www.oecd.org.


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