Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira releases Education indicators based on the 2018 Labour Force Survey

Following the recent release by Statistics Portugal (INE) of a set of information on education, resulting from a specific module of the 2018 Labour Force Survey, the Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira (DREM) anticipates the publication of three indicators for the Autonomous Region of Madeira, which will be included in Chapter IV - Others Indicators of the Time Series of Education Statistics, scheduled to be released on June 27.

For two of the three indicators, it is necessary to apply a moving average. For example, the value of 2018 corresponds to the average of 2018, 2017 and 2016. The use of this technique makes it possible to overcome quality problems that result from the low frequency of the phenomenon or from high coefficients of variation (ratio of the standard deviation by the mean) that prevent Statistics Portugal of releasing these data on its website.

In order to allow the publication of two of the indicators concerned (school leavers rate and higher education rate of the resident population aged between 30 and 34 years), DREM uses this method, ro allow a comparison of the regional with the country's indicators, it is also necessary to apply 3-year moving averages to national data.

The school leavers rate is the proportion of the population aged 18 to 24 who completed a level of education corresponding at most to the 3rd cycle of basic education and did not receive any type of education (formal or non-formal) in the reference week of the Labour Force Survey or in the previous three weeks.

The lifelong learning rate corresponds to the proportion of the resident population aged 25-64 participating in education and training activities, which are all intentional or non-intentional learning activities developed throughout life in formal or non-formal contexts, with the aim of acquiring, developing or improving knowledge, skills and competencies, from a personal, civic, social and / or professional perspective.

The higher education rate is the proportion of the population aged 30 to 34 who completed a level of education corresponding to higher education.

Education Indicators improved in 2018

In the Autonomous Region of Madeira, the school leavers rate in 2018 (expressed as a 3-year moving average) was 17.8%, a 3.4 percentage points (p.p.) drop over the previous year. This variable has been continuously decreasing since 2013 (when it stood at 28.0%), having declined by 10.2 p.p. in five years. Although the regional school leavers rate is higher than the national rate, the values are converging: while in 2013, this discrepancy was 7.2 p.p., in 2018 it did not exceed 5.0 pp. Note that in 2018, as in the previous five years, the rate in question is higher for men (21.8%) than for women (13.6%). However, the difference between two rates is shrinking, decreasing from 16.5 p.p. in 2013 to 8.2 p.p. in 2018.

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In 2018, the lifelong learning rate stood at 9.4%, up by 1.3 p.p. over 2017, being higher in women (10.1%) than in men (8.5%). This rate increased by 1.9 p.p. in seven years, rising from 7.5% in 2011 to 9.4% in 2018. In 2018, the Autonomous Region of Madeira had a lower rate than the country (10.3%), but the analysis of the available series (2013-2018) also shows a convergence of values for this variable, with the differential between the national and regional rates decreasing from 4.0 pp in 2011 to 0.9 pp in 2018.

The higher education rate of the resident population aged between 30 and 34 years residing in the Autonomous Region of Madeira (3-year moving average) was 30.5% in 2018. Although this percentage is still lower than the national average (33.9%), still it is the highest value since 2013 (1st year of the series).

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