Education: Higher education needs to step up efforts to prepare students for the future (Bild: OECD)
However, some sectors in high demand may struggle to find the skills they need, writes the OECD.
Less than 15% of new entrants to bachelor’s programmes study engineering, manufacturing and construction and less than 5% study information and communication technologies, despite these sectors having among the highest employment rates and earnings. Women are particularly under-represented, making up fewer than one in four entrants, on average, across OECD countries.The report finds that, on average across OECD countries, about one in six 15-24 year-olds are enrolled in vocational programmes.
The attainment gap among young tertiary-educated adults and those with upper secondary has narrowed. In 2018, the share of young adults with an upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary qualification, 41%, is almost equal to the share attaining tertiary education, 44%.Journalists are invited to contact OECD Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher (tel.
+ 33 1 45 24 18 97) or the OECD’s Media Office (tel. + 33 1 45 24 97 00)..
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