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  • One in five children in New Brunswick begin school with behavioural or learning difficulties.


  • In New Brunswick young adults are more likely to choose to go to work than to complete a post-secondary education.


  • New Brunswick (18%) has a higher percentage of 25 to 64 year olds without a high school education than the Canadian average (13%).


  • Someone with a post-secondary education is more likely to be employed and will earn more than someone who did not continue his or her studies past high school.


  • Post-secondary graduates are the strongest contributors to the tax revenues that fund the key programs needed by citizens.


  • Someone with a post-secondary education is better off financially than one 20 years ago while someone with only a high school education is worse off.


  • Someone with a bachelor degree makes 71% more than someone with only a high school education.


  • All employees must continuously upgrade their knowledge and skills to keep up with the changes that technology is making on their work place.


  • Less than 30% of adult workers in Canada participate in job-related education and training, compared to almost 35% in Great Britain and nearly 45% in the United States.


  • Some research has found that manufacturing firms that spend more heavily on staff training enjoy 47% greater productivity than those that spend little.


  • In a world that is increasingly reliant on knowledge workers, only 12% of New Brunswickers can read at an advanced level. With the exception of Nunavut, this is the lowest in Canada.


  • When kids participate in organized activities in their communities, they are more likely to do well in school. Yet, only 38% of New Brunswick preschoolers participate in organized activities (compared to 54% of preschoolers in British Columbia).


  • New Brunswick has one of the highest graduation rates (93%) and one of the lowest drop-out rates in the country.




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