Education and training statistics provide information on the participation of individuals in education and training activities, education financing and teaching staff as well as on outcomes of education.

Education and training statistics cover the following aspects:

  • Education systems
    • Pupils and students enrolled and new entrants
    • Graduates
    • Student mobility
    • Educational personnel
    • Education expenditure
  • Adult participation in (lifelong) learning
    • Participation of adults in education and training
    • Characteristics of the adult learning
    • Obstacles to adults' participation in education and training
    • Continuing vocational training in enterprises
  • Educational attainment level of the population
  • Transition from education to work
    • Young people neither in employment nor in education and training (NEET)
    • Early leavers from education and training
    • Labour status of young people shortly after graduation
  • Languages
    • Language learning
    • Self-reported language skills

The main classification used in education and training statistics is the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED), developed by UNESCO. Education systems vary across countries and the ISCED provides internationally agreed definitions for the classification of education programmes which are essential for the production of comparable statistics.

Use of the data

The indicators "early leavers from education and training" and "tertiary educational attainment" are two of the headline indicators used to monitor the Europe 2020 strategy. These two indicators along with others such as "adult participation in learning" or the "employment rate of recent graduates" figure amongst the indicators referred to in the Strategic framework on Education and Training 2020 (ET 2020).

Education and training statistics are also of interest for everyone – issues related to education, vocational training and adult learning are of direct concern for EU citizens.