Youth Skills: Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC)

This is part of a series of in-depth reports from the Survey of Adult Skills. This report covers key findings on how New Zealand youth (aged 16 to 24) compare internationally and what factors are associated with higher youth skills.

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Date of last publication
Jul 2017

Key Results

» The skills of New Zealand youth ranked in the middle of the OECD

» Youth who had low skills did not increase their skills as they got older

» Higher-skilled teenagers were much more likely than their low-skilled peers to gain tertiary qualifications in their early twenties

» Increasing participation in education may raise youth skills

» Māori and Pasifika youth had lower skills than other ethnic groups

» Māori youth appeared to increase their skills faster than other ethnic groups as they got older

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