CVET, and particularly employer-provided CVET, is a key component of adult learning. It can contribute to economic performance and competitiveness as well as to personal fulfilment and career progress.

The indicator is defined as the percentage of all employees (in all enterprises surveyed) who participated in employers sponsored CVT courses in the reference calendar year. CVT courses refer to those which are separate from day-to-day work activities and which exhibit a high degree of organisation Employers sponsorship related to the course being fully or partly paid by the employer and/or occurring during paid working time. CVT courses are the form of employer-sponsored training with the highest employee participation.

Figure 4: Employees participating in CVT courses (%)

Source: Eurostat, continuing vocational training survey.

Key points

On average, 38% of employees in the EU participated in CVT courses in 2010. The highest percentage was reported in the Czech Republic (at 61%), followed by Belgium, Luxembourg, and Spain (all close to 50%). In contrast, the lowest participation levels were reported in Hungary, Lithuania, Romania and Greece (with 19% or less of employees participating in CVT courses). Among non-EU countries, data are only available for Norway where 46% of employees participated in CVT courses.

Table 4: Employees participating in CVT courses (%)

(u) Eurostat: "low reliability". (z) Eurostat: "not applicable". (e) Eurostat: "estimated".

Source: Eurostat, continuing vocational training survey.

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