Vocational education

Producer: Statistics Finland
Homepage: http:// www.stat.fi/til/aop/index_en.html
Main topic: Education
Related topics: Education
Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): Yes

Description

Statistics Finland produces statistics on vocational education annually. The preliminary statistics for the ongoing autumn that are specific for each educational institution, describe the total number of students at educational institutions offering vocational education on 20 September. The final statistics on vocational education contain data on new students, students and completers of qualifications for the calendar year. In accordance with the Statistics Act, the personal data from which these statistics are compiled are confidential. As a rule, the statistics produced from them are public.

Data content

The preliminary statistics contains the number of students in curriculum-based basic vocational education and in initial vocational education preparing for a skills examination by educational institution on 20 September.

The final statistics on vocational education contain data on new students, students and completers of qualifications in vocational education leading to a qualification by educational institutions and in apprenticeship training for the calendar year. There are also data available on students in curriculum-based education at the cross-sectional point on 20 September. Data are available both on curriculum-based basic vocational education directed at young people (initial vocational qualifications) and on vocational education preparing for a skills examination directed at adults (initial, further and specialist vocational qualifications). Data are also available, for example, on providers of education, educational institutions, students' qualifications at training programme level, and on regional distribution of education.

Classifications used

The data in the statistics are classified according to Statistics Finland’s, the Educational Administration’s and international classifications of fields and levels of education, classifications describing types of educational institutions, and diverse regional and demographic classifications.

Data collection methods and data sources

Statistics Finland collects preliminary data on students in vocational education via the Internet with a web questionnaire. Final individual-based student and qualification data are collected electronically (as file transfers) from educational institutions through organisers of vocational education and from organisers of apprenticeship training.

Data collections

Updating frequency

Statistics are produced yearly.

Time of completion or release

Preliminary data on students are completed in November of the statistical reference year. Final individual-based student and qualification data are completed in September of the year following the statistical reference year.

Time series

Statistics Finland has collected data on vocational education since the early 1970s. The time series has been compiled since the 1980s. Changes in the statistical topic must be taken into consideration in time series examinations.

Keywords

apprenticeship training, education, qualifications, students, vocational education, vocational institutes

Contact information

http://tilastokeskus.fi/til/aop/yht_en.html


Last updated 18.02.2015