There were 75,640 schoolchildren and full-time students (23.7%) in 2021 across Sandwell, higher than the England and Wales figure of 20.4%.
More than 1 in 5 (22.7%) usual Sandwell residents aged 16 years and over had Level 4 or above qualifications (for example, Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma, Bachelor's degree and post-graduate qualifications). This compares with 33.8% in England & Wales.
In 2021, almost 30% of Sandwell residents aged 16 and over (28.9%, 76,840) reported having no qualifications. This is much higher than the England & Wales figure of 18.2%.
Across Sandwell, apprenticeships were the highest qualification for 4.8% of people (12,760).
** Residents of England and Wales aged 16 years and over were asked to record any qualifications (including academic, vocational, and professional qualifications) they had achieved in England, Wales or worldwide. This is used to calculate the highest level of qualification (so, the highest level of qualification that an individual reported irrespective of previous qualifications listed) using the following categories:
no qualifications: no formal qualifications
Level 1: one to four GCSE passes (grade A* to C or grade 4 and above) and any other GCSEs at other grades, or equivalent qualifications
Level 2: five or more GCSE passes (grade A* to C or grade 4 and above) or equivalent qualifications
Level 3: two or more A Levels or equivalent qualifications
Level 4 or above: Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma, Bachelor's degree, or post-graduate qualifications
other qualifications, of unknown level