18-year-olds with higher qualifications

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

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Why is this important for social statistics?

Having a population with higher qualifications is important for the economy and society. Education helps people develop the skills needed to reach their full potential. It contributes to better health outcomes and a better quality of life.

The Government has set a target that 85 percent of 18-year-olds will have achieved a National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 2 or an equivalent qualification in 2017 (see Better Public Services: Boosting skills and employment).

A level 2 qualification gives people opportunities for further education and employment.

This indicator measures the percentage of 18-year-olds with the equivalent of an NCEA level 2 qualification or above.

Downloadable file:

Excel icon. School leavers with higher qualifications – tables (Excel, 3 sheets, 33kb)

Includes breakdowns by ethnic group, age, and sex

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