DDS Entity Definition: R_EDUC_UNQU
- Percentage Unqualified
- EDUC_LEVEL_UNQU_GEN:unqu *
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- This can only be calculated for 1951 and 2001, and the measures are
actually rather different.
For 1951, the figures are for the proportion of people leaving school at or before
age 15, i.e. before the ages at which public exams are usually first taken, while
for 2001 they are simply for people without any qualifications.
Here it is particularly important to remember that, as the figures cover
the whole working population, the data do not tell us what was currently
happening in schools in 1951 or 2001.
The very high national rates in 1951, 86% of the workforce of England and Wales
lacking qualifications other than those acquired on the job, reflect the low
priority given to the education of most of the population in the first half
of the century, but this was already changing.
By 2001, the proportion had fallen to 29%.
A striking north-south divide is clear in both years, and perhaps especially 2001.
The south east had least unqualified people, with the usual exception of a belt
along the lower Thames.
The highest rates were in industrial districts like Sandwell (46%),
Blaenau Gwent (45%) and Easington (44%), while the lowest rates were in
Kensington and Chelsea (13%) and the City of London (10%).
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