Number of students enrolled in vocational education institutions increases by 1.6%
Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in the school year 2014/2015, 11.7 thsd students were enrolled in 62 vocational education institutions and 14 colleges implementing vocational education programmes. Compared to the previous school year the number of enrolled students has increased by 1.6%. 46.5% of the students enrolled are women.
As a result of optimisation and reorganisation of the vocational education sector, the number of education institutions starting the new school year compared to the school year 2013/2014 has decreased by four establishments.
The demographic situation in the country has also affected the number of students in vocational education institutions. In the school year 2014/2015 there are 29.8 thsd students studying in vocational education institutions in Latvia, which is 1.2 thsd or 6.8% less than in the previous school year. Of the total number of these students 12.9 thsd or 43.2% are women.
The CSB data on further education of basic school graduates show that the share of graduates continuing their education in vocational education institutions has almost not changed. In 2013, 33.4% of graduates chose to obtain vocational education, and 61.5% continued their education in general secondary education institutions. A slight increase was observed in the number of secondary school graduates who continue their education in vocational education institutions (from 6.4% in 2012 to 7.6% in 2013).
In 2014, 8.8 thsd students acquired secondary vocational education which is an increase of 7.7% compared to 2013.
More detailed information on vocational education institutions will be available in the CSB database on 29 December 2014.
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