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The World Wide Web of lifelong learning

The Internet is where most people find information on learning possibilities.


(click image for full size)Data source: Data source: AES, Eurostat.

The Internet is by far the most popular source among European adults looking for information on learning possibilities. Access to Internet and e-skills are therefore essential across all education levels for participation in lifelong learning and improved employability. Although the average percentage of Internet users has improved, there are still disparities across education levels and countries. 

This indicator shows where 25-64 year olds found information on learning possibilities in the last 12 months. This complements our previous Statistics of the Month, showing that one in four people in the EU were looking for information on learning possibilities. The later can also be broken down by gender, age group, highest level of education attained and type of participation in education and training.

Key points:

  • On average, the Internet was the most popular source, providing information on learning possibilities for more than 70% of adults in Austria, Slovenia, Poland, Sweden, Greece, Belgium, Finland and Slovakia. 
  • Career guidance providers rank lowest among the specified sources in all European countries for which data is available. But career guidance practitioners also support adults career management as well as learning processes on an individual basis; this is not captured in the statistics.
  • There are significant differences between countries for all information sources mentioned: for instance, while 63.4% of adults in Slovakia found information on learning possibilities in mass media (TV, radio or newspapers), only 7.7% of people in the Netherlands mentioned this source. Nevertheless, country ranking of information sources is similar, highlighting a pattern to be found across European countries.

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27/11/2009
Cedefop