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Vocational Education

These statistics cover vocational education activity in Denmark. A vocational education is a youth education which gives the student a vocational qualification. Vocational education statistics is in its current form comparable since 2005 and is part of the overall Student Register, which contains information on all students and students in ordinary education in Denmark.

Statistical presentation

These statistics contains yearly estimates of on the activity on vocational educations in Denmark. This includes the number of entrants, the number of completed and the number of active students. The statistics are divided by education and enrolment type, and the students' age, sex, ancestry and national origin.

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Statistical processing

The data for the statistics is collected yearly in October from the administrative systems of the educational institutions. Data is adjusted into the format used in the Student Register. In cooperation with the National Agency for It and Learning, Statistics Denmark has set guidelines for this conversion, since the conversion depends on the type of student. Data is validated at both macro and micro level, where fluctuations in the number of students across time are controlled for errors and irregularities at the individual level, for example overlap between educations, are corrected.

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The statistics are relevant for public administrators, scientists and other analysts, journalists and citizens etc. as basis for prognoses, analyses and planning purposes in the educational field, but also for example in the labour market field and the integration field. The basic data for the statistics are used as background data for most of the personal statistics at Statistics Denmark, and it is the basis for the tables in StatBank Denmark about education.

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Accuracy and reliability

The administrative systems that are the basis for the statistics are used by the institutions for their own daily administration of the pupils and also for the payment of different economic grants. Correct registers are therefore necessary for the economy of the institutions and contributes to an expected high quality of the data source. The vocational education field is a field with many different ways to get an education, which creates more possibilities for incorrect registrations e.g. wrong registrations of the students on the institutions or errors in the conversion to the correct format.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics are published about 4 months after the reference time which is 1 October.

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The current time series of these statistics goes back to 2005, but statistics on vocational education have been made further back than this. Vocational education reforms can be a challenge when comparing figures over time. Furthermore, it may be difficult to compare the figures internationally, as vocational training is defined differently from country to country.

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Accessibility and clarity

Statistics are released yearly in a Danish press release, at the same time as the tables are updated in the StatBank. In the StatBank, these statistics can be found under the subject Vocational education. For further information, see the homepage of education statistics.

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