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%.

Updated:

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. We are therefore on track to meet this target.

year rate
2000 56
2001 57
2002 57
2003 58
2004 59
2005 59
2006 59
2007 60
2008 58
2009 60
2010 63
2011 63
2012 64
2013 65
2014 65
2015 67
2016 67

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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