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Not enough students in vocational education

Cyprus has one of the lowest proportion of pupils at the upper secondary school level enrolled in vocational education in the EU.

At 15 per cent, Cyprus is ranked second just after Malta in a 2014 Eurostat report published on Monday.

At the opposite end of the scale was the Czech Republic having the most pupils enrolled in vocational education (73 per cent) ahead of Croatia at 71 per cent.

Of the 22 million pupils in the EU in upper secondary level education in 2014, almost 11 million (48 per cent) were enrolled in vocational education. The number of students in Cyprus was 4,652.

vocational education data
Source: Eurostat

With 20 per cent, Cyprus is at the bottom of the scale when it comes to the participation of women in such programmes, which in Cyprus involves attending a technical school instead of the lyceum.

The majority of pupils following vocational upper secondary programmes were men in every EU country except Belgium, Finland, the UK and Sweden.

On average, 44 per cent of women were enrolled in vocational education programmes at the upper secondary level in the EU, a figure much higher than Cyprus’ 20 per cent.

“Ensuring that young people develop the skills and competences needed by the labour market by promoting vocational education and training is one of the initiatives of the European Commission to tackle youth unemployment,” the Eurostat report said.

Eurostat education data
Source: Eurostat

Read full report here

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