Eurostat release on vocational education

According to a new release from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, of the 22 million pupils in the European Union (EU) studying at upper secondary level in 2014, almost 11 million (or 48%) were enrolled in vocational education. In twelve EU Member States, more than half of all upper secondary pupils studied vocational programmes. Vocational education at upper secondary level was somewhat dominated by men, who accounted for 56% of pupils, compared with 44% women. This pattern can be observed in almost all Member States. Across Member States in 2014, the highest proportion of pupils at upper secondary level enrolled in vocational education was registered in the Czech Republic. The majority of pupils following vocational upper secondary programmes were men in every EU Member State, except Belgium (52% were women), Finland and the United Kingdom (both 51%) as well as Sweden (where the gender distribution was balanced).