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students in post-secondary vocational education in the autumn 2016
|2015 - 2016|
|Number of students||15 146||14 748||-398|
|Per cent women||38||41||3|
|Per cent in public schools||52||53||1|
|Proportion in 2 year programmes||60||57||-3|
|Number of students in field of education|
|Humanities and arts||1 839||1 847||8|
|Social sciences and law||253||269||16|
|Business and administration||1 681||1 453||-228|
|Natural sciences, vocational and technical subjects||7 336||6 708||-628|
|Health, welfare and sport||2 713||3 169||456|
|Transport and communications, safety and security and other services||1 147||1 147||0|
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Students in post-secondary vocational education. Immigration category, sex and ownership. Numbers and per cent
|Number of students||Per cent men||Per cent women||Per cent in public schools||Per cent in private schools|
|Norwegian-born to immigrant parents||224||62||38||37||63|
|Other population||12 850||61||39||56||44|
|Number of students||14 748||7 873||6 875|
|Per cent 20 years old and younger||9||6||12|
|Per cent 21-25 years old||32||35||29|
|Per cent 26-30 years old||18||21||16|
|Per cent 31-35 years old||13||14||12|
|Per cent 36-40 years old||9||9||9|
|Per cent 41-45 years old||7||7||8|
|Per cent 46-50 years old||6||6||7|
|Per cent 51 years old and older||5||3||7|
Students in post-secondary vocational education. Field of education, ownership and sex. Numbers and per cent
|Number of students||Per cent in public schools||Per cent women|
|Fields of education, total||14 748||53||41|
|Humanities and arts||1 847||0||68|
|Social sciences and law||269||10||34|
|Business and administration||1 453||5||80|
|Natural sciences, vocational and technical subjects||6 708||86||6|
|Health, welfare and sport||3 169||38||90|
|Transport and communications, safety and security and other services||1 147||61||19|
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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.
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.
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).
Name: Post-secondary vocational education
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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.
Pursuant to the Statistical Act, Statistics Norway collects student data from Database for Statistics on Higher Education (DBH).
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.
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Fewer students choosing post-secondary vocational educationPublished 26 April 2017
In the autumn of 2016, 14 750 students were registered in post-secondary education programmes in Norway. This is 400 fewer than in 2015 and 1 200 fewer than the peak year of 2014.More