Early leavers from school and training (based on EAK survey)

  • More than 7% of the 18- to 24-year-olds in Flanders do not have a secondary education diploma and are not in education or training

    According to the results of the “Enquête naar de Arbeidskrachten (EAK)” (Labour Force Survey), 7.3% of 18-24-year-olds in Flanders were early leavers from school and training in 2018. These are young people who do not have a secondary education diploma and who are no longer in education or training. In 1999, the share of early leavers from school and training among young people aged 18 to 24 was almost twice as high (13.6%) 

  • Share of early leavers from school and training higher among men than among women

    In 2018, the share of early leavers from school and training among men (9.5%) was almost twice as high as it was among women (5.1%). Since 1999, the share of both men and women leaving secondary education without a diploma has fallen. As of 2016, the share of early  leavers from school and training among men has slightly gone up again. The rate among women has remained unchanged over the same period. 

  • Share of early leavers from school and training in Flanders below EU average

    In the Flemish Region, the share of early leavers from school and training is less than in the other Regions. In the Brussels-Capital Region, this figure stands at 10.7% of young people aged between 18 and 24. In the Walloon Region, this number stands at 9.9%. In the Flemish Region, the figure is 7.3%. 

     

    In the European Union (EU), the share of early leavers from school and training among young people aged 18 to 24 averages 10.6%. Major differences exist between the EU countries. In Spain and Malta, almost 18% of young people leave school early. In Croatia, this number is just under 3%. 

Sources

Centre of Expertise for Labour Market Monitoring in association with the Department of Work and Social Economy and the Flemish Service for Employment and Vocational Training: Flanders within Europe 
Centre of Expertise for Labour Market Monitoring: Early leavers from school and training
Statbel: Early leavers from school and training
Eurostat: Database 

Publication date

3 June 2019

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