7.6 Young people not in upper secondary education or training

Young people who do not complete upper secondary education or training are not necessarily inactive. Many of them choose to discontinue their studies in order to work, for example (Reegård and Rogstad 2016).

8 per cent of young people have not completed upper secondary education or training and are not in education, employment or training

17 per cent of Norway’s 16 to 25-year-olds are not enrolled in, and have not completed upper secondary education or training. Just over half of them are in employment. 8 per cent are in a situation where they have not completed upper secondary education or training, are not enrolled in upper secondary education or training, and are not in employment. The proportion who are not in education, employment or training is lowest among the youngest age group. The figure is 4 per cent in the 16–18 age group and 9 per cent among young people aged between 19 and 25.

More boys than girls fail to complete upper secondary education or training, although boys are more likely than girls to be in employment. For that reason there are almost equal numbers of boys and girls aged 16–25 who are not in education, employment or training.

Figure 7.12 Young people who have not completed and are not enrolled in upper secondary education or training – by age and employment status. 2014. Per cent.

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Source: Statistics Norway

17 per cent of immigrants aged 16–25 have not completed upper secondary education or training and are not in education, employment or training. This compares to 6 per cent among the rest of the population in the same age group. In terms of the proportion of pupils who are not in education, employment or training, there is little difference between Norwegian-born children of two immigrant parents and other pupils. The greatest gender differences can be seen among Norwegian-born pupils with immigrant backgrounds, however.

Norway had a lower percentage of 20 to 24-year-olds not in education, employment or training in 2014 than most other Nordic countries. In Norway the figure was 10 per cent. Iceland came in slightly lower at 9 per cent, while Finland had the highest share in the Nordic region at 16 per cent. The OECD average was 18 per cent (OECD 2015).

Figure 7.13 Employment status of young people aged 16–25 who have not completed and are not enrolled in upper secondary education or training – by immigrant status and gender. 2014. Per cent.

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Source: Statistics Norway