Basic qualification

The number or percentage of young people (aged 18-24 years) in education or with a basic qualification.

A basic qualification is defined as a qualification at level 2 or higher of the qualification structure of the on Education and Vocational Education Act (Wet Educatie en beroepsonderwijs or WEB). In brief this means that students completing preparatory vocational secondary education (vmbo; formerly vbo and mavo) must complete an advanced vocational course of at least two years. Senior secondary general education (havo) and pre-university education (vwo) diplomas are also considered to be basic qualifications.

The basic qualification is determined with the aid of the attained level of education. Everyone with completed education at level 4.1 or higher of the Standard Education Classification (Standaard Onderwijsindeling or SOI) is deemed to have a basic qualification.