Thursday, February 14, 2008

Working your way to higher education

In May 1997 there were 2.1 million Australians aged 15-64 years enrolled in a course of study. By 2007 this had risen to 2.5 million. Around 35% of these were at an institution of higher education in 1997 compared to 37% in 2007. This increase can be compared to the fall in Technical and Further Education (TAFE) enrolments for the same period from 24% down to 21%. There have been quite interesting changes in the level of Highest Educational Attainment between 1997 and 2007 with an increase of 8 percentage points in the numbers with a Bachelor degree or higher.

The proportion of people working while studying has risen from 46% to 54% with those balancing full-time work and studying full-time up from 8% to 16%.

For more information see Education and Work (cat. no. 6227.0). The latest issue was released on 18 December 2007. To find out more about education in Australia go the Education and Training theme page on the ABS website.

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