Priority target groups of adult education

Which population groups participate more actively in adult education? What is the breakdown of adult education priority target groups by county, in Tallinn and Tartu cities? The analysis gives an overview of the potential priority target groups for adult education in Estonia.

A statistical overview was compiled on the competitiveness, structure of jobs and business indicators of Estonian counties and the two larger cities, in order to identify the future adult education target groups. This is an addition to the 2014 report with the same title, which was primarily based on the data of the 2011 population and housing census (Tõnurist, 2014).

The target groups were identified by age, ethnic nationality, education, place of residence and labour status. The target groups observed where persons aged 2064 years, and where possible, younger (2034-year-olds) and older (5564- year-olds) employed persons or inactive persons where distinguished. 

Interesting fact: 

Based on the analysis, one group with similar characteristics could include: Hiiu, Järva, Lääne, Lääne-Viru, Pärnu, Rapla, Saare, Tartu and Viljandi counties. These are a group of so-called average counties, which seldom emerge with the best results in Estonia and were close to the Estonian average with their competitiveness indicators. The counties are characterised by employment rate similar to or higher than the Estonian average when observed by levels of education. In particular, Rapla, Tartu and Hiiu counties stood out. All the counties in this group are also characterised by a relatively smaller share of persons with higher education and a large share of persons with a low level of education. Compared to the previous study, Hiiu county had improved its position, also standing out with a larger share of working-age population compared to the Estonian average and with a high employment rate. In terms of education and employment, Järva county has the weakest position in this group, especially considering the share of population with a low level of education. There are also considerably many parents with a low level of education.

Commissioned by:

Ministry of Education and Research

Data sources: 

Statistics Estonia’s statistical population register, migration database, Estonian Labour Force Survey, business demography statistics, policy impact assessment data, data of the Social Insurance Board, employment register, Tax and Customs Board 


Kadri Rootalu, Märt Leesment, Eve Telpt, Birgit Vahing, Kaja Sõstra, Alis Tammur, Egert Indres