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 working age (25-64) population with trade/college/university educational attainment is 68 per cent, up from the 2013 baseline of 65 per cent, and 7% short of the target. As the baby boomers age into retirement, this trend should accelerate over time and is on track to achieve the goal.

yearrate
200056
200157
200257
200358
200459
200559
200659
200760
200858
200960
201063
201163
201264
201365
201465
201567
201667
201768

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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