Papers of BAS. Humanities and Social Sciences

Vol. 5, 2018, No. 1

POPULATION AGED 25-34 YEARS IN BULGARIA: STRUCTURAL CHANGES AND PARTICIPATION IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Margarita Atanassova, Kremena Borissova-Marinova

Abstract. Current trends in Bulgaria’s demographic development are characterized by a number of structural specificities of each age group, including youths, who in socio-economic terms are a current and future component of the country’s labour force. In the context of the continuing decrease of youth population groups, the article focuses on the structural specificities of their evolution and the prerequisites for the improvement of their knowledge and skills through increased participation in education and training. The article systematizes some key trends, since the year 2010, in the quantitative and qualitative parameters of the Bulgarian population aged 25-34 years. The study results and conclusions could be a useful contribution to the information base that serves for developing and updating policies and strategies in the field of employment, educa­tion and training, regional development, etc.

Keywords: population, labour force, young people, structural changes, participation in education and training