Rural England

Access to training

Key points


Graph 1: Compared to urban

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Rural/urban ratios (urban = 10)

On most poverty and social exclusion indicators, rural areas have 'better scores' than urban areas.  The purpose of the table below is to differentiate between those subjects where rural areas are 'a bit better' and those where rural areas are 'a lot better'.  It does so by presenting the rural statistics for the indicator as a proportion of the urban statistics.  So, for example, a rural 'score' of 6 in the table below means that the rural statistic is around 60% of its urban equivalent.

Type of districtNo qualificationsWith qualifications
'Very rural' districts9 10
'Mostly rural' districts10 10
'Part rural' districts11 9



Definitions and data sources

The graphs

For each type of local authority district, the graph shows the proportion of working-age employees who have received some work-related training in the last three months, with the data shown separately for those with some previous qualifications and those without.  The qualifications include both academic and vocational qualifications and both current qualifications (e.g. GCSEs) and qualifications which have been awarded in the past (e.g. O levels).

Level of the data

Lower tier local authorities (districts), as classified by the DEFRA 2009 classification system.  Both the DEFRA classification rules and their results by local authority can be found on the page on rural/urban classification systems.


The Annual Population Survey, which is effectively the Labour Force Survey with selected booster samples to compensate for small sample sizes in some authorities.  The data is the average for the latest three years.


The numbers

Type of districtNo qualificationsWith qualifications
'Very rural' districts8% 28%
'Mostly rural' districts9% 29%
'Part rural' districts10% 28%
Urban districts9% 29%