Goal 10

Post-secondary Education & Training

The proportion of Nova Scotia’s working age population with a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree, including apprenticeship completion, will have increased from the current 65% to 75%.


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Goal Status

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Baseline: 65%
Current: 68.1%
Target: 75%
Bands

Current Situation

NS share of working age (25-64) population with trade/college/university educational attainment is 67.5 per cent in 2019, up from the 2013 baseline of 65 per cent, and 7.5 percentage points short of the target. As the baby boomers age into retirement, this trend should accelerate over time.

Year PSE Attainment Rate Baseline Target
2000 55.5% 65% 75%
2001 57.3% 65% 75%
2002 56.6% 65% 75%
2003 58.0% 65% 75%
2004 59.4% 65% 75%
2005 58.9% 65% 75%
2006 59.1% 65% 75%
2007 59.7% 65% 75%
2008 57.9% 65% 75%
2009 60.3% 65% 75%
2010 62.8% 65% 75%
2011 62.6% 65% 75%
2012 64.5% 65% 75%
2013 65.0% 65% 75%
2014 65.1% 65% 75%
2015 67.1% 65% 75%
2016 66.9% 65% 75%
2017 67.7% 65% 75%
2018 68.1% 65% 75%

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What This Means

A greater share of the Nova Scotian workforce is highly educated, preparing them for high skilled jobs. In large part, this trend reflects demographic shifts – as younger, higher educated cohorts age enter the workforce and older cohorts with lower educational attainment rates retire and leave the workforce, the workforces overall education level increases.

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