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Post-secondary vocational education

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Key figures

14 750

students in post-secondary vocational education in the autumn 2016

Students in post-secondary vocational education. Sex, ownership and field of education. Numbers and per cent
20152016Change
2015 - 2016
Number of students15 14614 748-398
Per cent women38413
Per cent in public schools52531
Proportion in 2 year programmes6057-3
 
Number of students in field of education
Humanities and arts1 8391 8478
Education2423-1
Social sciences and law25326916
Business and administration1 6811 453-228
Natural sciences, vocational and technical subjects7 3366 708-628
Health, welfare and sport2 7133 169456
Primary industries153132-21
Transport and communications, safety and security and other services1 1471 1470

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Table 1 
Students in post-secondary vocational education. Immigration category, sex and ownership. Numbers and per cent

Students in post-secondary vocational education. Immigration category, sex and ownership. Numbers and per cent
2016
Number of studentsPer cent menPer cent womenPer cent in public schoolsPer cent in private schools
Total14 74859415347
Immigrants1 67441593664
Norwegian-born to immigrant parents22462383763
Other population12 85061395644

Table 2 
Students in post-secondary vocational education. Age and ownership. Numbers and per cent

Students in post-secondary vocational education. Age and ownership. Numbers and per cent
2016
In totalPublicPrivate
Number of students14 7487 8736 875
Per cent 20 years old and younger9612
Per cent 21-25 years old323529
Per cent 26-30 years old182116
Per cent 31-35 years old131412
Per cent 36-40 years old999
Per cent 41-45 years old778
Per cent 46-50 years old667
Per cent 51 years old and older537

Table 3 
Students in post-secondary vocational education. Field of education, ownership and sex. Numbers and per cent

Students in post-secondary vocational education. Field of education, ownership and sex. Numbers and per cent
2016
Number of studentsPer cent in public schoolsPer cent women
Fields of education, total14 7485341
Humanities and arts1 847068
Education2310070
Social sciences and law2691034
Business and administration1 453580
Natural sciences, vocational and technical subjects6 708866
Health, welfare and sport3 1693890
Primary industries1327752
Transport and communications, safety and security and other services1 1476119

About the statistics

The statistics cover all students in post-secondary vocational education as per 1 October and completed programmes during the school year. Completion rates are calculated by combining multiple years of ongoing and completed post-secondary vocational education.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Ongoing education: Students in post-secondary vocational education per 1 October.

Completed education: Post-secondary vocational education completed and passed withtin the time period in question.

Ownership: Schools are classified as either public or private.

Highest educational attainment of parents: Parental educational attainment encompasses all of the following levels:

1) Primary and lower secondary education

2) Upper secondary education

3) Higher education, short (at least two years but also 4 years or less)

4) Higher education, long (more than four years).

The education level of parents is defined as the highest level of education obtained by at least one of the parents.

Immigrants: Persons born abroad of two foreign-born parents and four foreign-born grandparents. Immigrants emigrated to Norway at some point.

Norwegian-born to immigrant parents: Persons who are born in Norway of two parents born abroad, and in addition have four grandparents born abroad.

Standard classifications

Educational activities are grouped by the Norwegian Standard Classification of Education which was established in 1970 by Statistics Norway and later revised in 1973, 1989 and 2000. Educational institutions are classified as being higher education by the Standard Industrial Classification.

For international purposes, the ISCED 2011 is used (International Standard Classification of Education).

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Post-secondary vocational education
Topic: Education

Responsible division

Division for Education Statistics

Regional level

The statistics provide figures for the county and national level.

Figures are presented at national level. Data includes information that makes it possible to provide figures at other regional Levels.

Frequency and timeliness

Figures are published annually in April/May.

International reporting

Data is provided for UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat (U-O-E).

Microdata

All education statistics at Statistics Norway are stored in a proper, standardized manner in consultation with the Data Inspectorate.

It is possible to order special tables in addition to the tables that are published by contacting Statistics Norway on telephone +47 62 88 55 00, Division for Education Statistics. The price will depend on the size of the order.

Background

Background and purpose

The purpose of these statistics is to collect data on all post-secondary vocational education in Norway. It is in the public interest to create as accurate data as possible for research and planning. The statistics are individually based, and report each educational activity for each student.

The statistics are financed from State assignments.

Users and applications

Important users of the education statistics are public administration, special interest organizations, the media, researchers, business and industry. Key users are among the ministries are, in particular, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Children and Family Affairs. The statistics are also used by international organizations such as Unesco, OECD and Eurostat (EU).

In addition, data is used internally in Statistics Norway in publications and in assignments.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 08 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

Data from post-secondary vocational education is combined with data from lower- and upper secondary and higher education when revision processes are complete. Data is then stored as single annual files in the National Education Database (NUDB). Statistics Norway uses a similar system for all individually based statistics, making it easy to combine education statistics with other areas.

Legal authority

Statistics Act, sections 2-1, 2-2 and 3-2.

EEA reference

Commission Regulation (EU) No 88/2011 of 2 February 2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning, as regards statistics on education and training systems.

Production

Population

The statistics cover all students in post-secondary vocational education in schools approved by NOKUT, per 1 October each year. Each student can be registered as active in only one educational activity per 1 October each year. For students registered in several courses, Statistics Norway chooses the educational activity that is considered their main course of study.

Completed programmes are registered at the end of each school year. Completion rates of students is calculated by combining multiple years of ongoing and completed education.

Data sources and sampling

Pursuant to the Statistical Act, Statistics Norway collects student data from Database for Statistics on Higher Education (DBH).

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Data collection: Pursuant to the Statistical Act, Statistics Norway collects student data from Norwegian Social Science Data Services (NSD) and the administrative systems of some tertiary institutions. 

Editing: Editing includes both control and revision, and is performed on all data received from educational institutions. It encompasses deletion of duplicate records, a control for correct and valid values for each variable and checks for missing information. Several variables are re-coded to comply with control programs run by Statistics Norway and Personal ID-numbers are referenced against Statistics Norway's population database to check for errors.

Estimation: As from 1 October 2014 measures has been taken to be able to present statistics representative to immigrants at an aggregated level. An imputation method is used to create a “complete” dataset. A missing at random assumption is made, with imputation being based on a nearest neighbour technique called predictive mean matching. The auxiliary variables used to find a matching donor include gender, age, occupation, income, length of time living in Norway, citizenship and country of origin.

Results from the imputed dataset show some small overall changes. In general, imputation reduces the percentage of both the highest and lower education levels. Comparison of the imputation results among Swedish immigrants with data from Statistics Sweden shows the imputation proposed is adjusting the data in the right direction. For more about the methode, see Jentoft, 2014.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

The general rule is not to publish data if less than 3 students are found within a cell or unit in a table. This is to prevent identification of individuals within the statistics.

Comparability over time and space

Individually based education statistics was collected for the first time in 1974, and has been published annually since then. Most variables are comparable, but some have changed. The Norwegian Standard Classification of Education has been revised to secure comparability over time. Data on trainees was collected for the first time in 2006.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

A statistical investigation may be encumbered with various sorts of error. Errors may occur during the collection of data if units being investigated are not identical to the mass of units we aim at describing. Other types of error may occur during the coding the data collected.

Errors in data collected from administrative registers can be caused by uncertainties in the definition of variables and values between those responsible for the registers and others responsible for data collection from the registers.

Other sources of error can be the quality of the personal and school data in the registers or the registration process of data input into the registers. Such errors can affect the quality of the data if the control and revision processes in Statistics Norway are not comprehensive enough.

Revision

See general principles for revisions in Statistics Norway.

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