European post-industrial regions

Adults with no education or low educational attainment in West Central Scotland compared to selected European post-industrial regions

Europe - No Qualifications (2018)

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Just under a quarter (22.5%) of adults aged 25-64 in South Western Scotland have either no qualifications or low level qualifications (below SVQ Level 2). The region is mid-ranked compared to other European regions on this indicator, faring ‘better’ than Merseyside and Nord-Pas-de-Calais but ‘worse’ than the German and East European regions.

Adults with tertiary level qualifications in West Central Scotland compared to selected European post-industrial regions

Europe - Tertiary Qualifications (2018)

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South Western Scotland has the highest proportion of adults aged 25-64 with tertiary level qualifications (degree or equivalent or above): just under half of adults were qualified to this level in 2016.


The choice of cities is based on research to compare Glasgow and West Central Scotland to other post-regions of Europe.  Reports from this work are available here.

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South Western Scotland includes the following areas: East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, and Helensburgh and Lomond, Dumfries and Galloway, East and North Ayrshire mainland, Glasgow, Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire, and Renfrewshire,  North Lanarkshire, South Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire.

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