3.5 Adults in upper secondary education or training

Adults who have completed lower secondary school are entitled to free upper secondary education. This entitlement applies from the year the person turns 25 years of age.

More adults in upper secondary education or training

The number of adults in upper secondary education has risen in recent years (see Table 3.4). In 2014 there were almost 23,800 adult apprentices, training candidates, candidates for experience based trade certification and school participants. School participants make up the largest group.

Candidates for experience-based trade certification are not enrolled in upper secondary vocational training, but are included in the statistics in order to identify the number of adults obtaining formal qualifications at upper secondary level.

Table 3.4 Adults (aged 25 and over) in upper secondary education and training. 2011-12 to 2014-15. Numbers.

2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15
Apprentices and training candidates 3 628 3 666 4 085 4 230
Experience based candidates 7 193 6 504 7 894 7 974
School participants 8 526 10 835 10 681 11 547
Total 19 347 21 005 22 660 23 751

Source: Statistics Norway and Directorate for Education and Training