Goal 10

Post-secondary Education & Training

The proportion of Nova Scotia’s working age population with a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, including apprenticeship completion, will have increased from the current 65% to 75%.

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Post-secondary Education & Training data summary graphic

Current situation

Nova Scotia’s share of the working age population (ages 25-64) with trade, college, or university educational attainment is up two percentage points to 67 per cent, from the 2013 baseline of 65 per cent. As the baby boomers retire, this trend should accelerate. 

yearrate
200056
200157
200257
200358
200459
200559
200659
200760
200858
200960
201063
201163
201264
201365
201465
201567
201667

What this means

A greater share of the Nova Scotian workforce is highly educated, preparing them for jobs with higher skill requirements. In large part, this trend reflects demographic shifts – as younger, higher educated cohorts age and enter the workforce and older cohorts with lower educational attainment rates retire and leave the workforce, causing the overall education level to increase.

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