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

  • More than 6% of 18-24 year olds in Flanders do not have a secondary education diploma and are not in education or training

    According to the results of the Labour Force Survey (Enquête naar de Arbeidskrachten (EAK)), 6.2% of 18-24 year olds in Flanders were early school leavers in 2019. 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 school leavers among young people aged 18 to 24 was almost twice as high (13.6%).

  • Share of early school leavers higher among men than among women

    In 2019, the share of early school leavers among men (7.6%) was distinctively higher than among women (4.8%). Since 1999, the share of both men and women leaving secondary education without a diploma has decreased.

  • Share of early school leavers in Flanders below EU average

    In 2019, the share of early school leavers in the Flemish Region was less than in the other regions. In the Brussels-Capital Region, this figure stands at 11.8% of young people aged between 18 and 24. In the Walloon Region, this share stands at 10.9%. In the Flemish Region, the figure is 6.2%.

    In the European Union (EU28), the share of early school leavers in 2019 among young people aged 18 to 24 averages 10.3%. Major differences exist between the EU countries. In Spain and Malta, around 17% of young people leave school early. In Croatia, this share is 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

16 June 2020

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