7.3 Transitions in upper secondary education and training

Almost all pupils who graduate from lower secondary go straight on to upper secondary education or training. 98 per cent of 16-year-olds who completed lower secondary in spring 2014 were in upper secondary education or training by 1st October the same year. Transitions between the different upper secondary stages pose greater barriers, however.

A small proportion of pupils do not continue upper secondary beyond Vg1 level

8 per cent of pupils are no longer in upper secondary education or training the year after studying on Vg1 level. Among those who enrolled on Vg2 level, 14 per cent are not in upper secondary education or training the following year. We know that some of these individuals return to upper secondary education or training later on.

Most of those who do not continue their upper secondary education or training immediately after Vg2 level are enrolled on vocational study programmes.

Figure 7.6 Transitions through upper secondary education. 2014. Per cent.

Source: Statistics Norway

Many pupils on vocational study programmes drop out when transferring to apprenticeships

Only 1 out of 3 pupils on vocational study programmes begin workplace training immediately after completing Vg2 level. 48 per cent continue on pathways within the vocational training system, either directly in workplace training or in school. 1 out of 4 pupils on Vg2 level of a vocational study programme was no longer in upper secondary education the following academic year.

20 per cent of pupils on Vg2 level of a vocational study programme proceeded to pursue a general study programme.

Figure 7.7 Transitions from Vg2 on vocational study programmes to the third year. 2014. Per cent.

Source: Statistics Norway