We often hear about the correlation between education and job prospects. But that point was driven home soundly in a report on how Canada stacks up against other OECD countries when measuring educational attainment and work.
The new report shows we do quite well on the education frontwith 91 per cent of adults between the ages of 25 and 64 holding some sort of certificate of completion – for high school or post-secondary. The OECD average was only 78 per cent. Two-thirds of us have a university degree, compared to 42 per cent elsewhere. And our extensive college system is showing up in spades with one-third of Canadians holding a certificate from these compared to one-in-ten people in other OECD nations.
We stand up well globally with only two OECD nations – Poland and the Czech Republic – ahead of us. We are on par with the US which sits at 90 per cent.
Our strong educational standing shows up well in our job numbers too. The chances of holding a job without a high school diploma were about 55 per cent. With a college degree that rises to more than 80 per cent.