In 2010, the Luxembourg Training Observatory launched a survey ( ) to evaluate the economically-active population’s perception of lifelong learning. Results of this survey were extremely valuable. Of respondents, 90% see continuous training as a solution to improve their skills and increase their working value.
All Bulgarian citizens have now access to an electronic self-study platform in two thematic areas: ‘Social and legal labour relationships’ and ‘Teamwork and social activities’.
Until 2014, establishment of 42 sectoral practical training centres (SPTC) is foreseen; two of them have already opened on wood technologies and the furniture production sector.
Telework for family life-work reconciliation in the EU: promoting women participation and mobility - WOMEN IN, is a project currently funded by the European Commission, the Leonardo da Vinci programme and the Transfer of innovation subprogramme. It is being implemented between October 2011 and September 2013.
The IDAN training centre recently conducted a survey among skilled workers in Iceland on their attitudes towards their professions. Over 3800 skilled workers in 21 occupations answered a questionnaire about their working environments, professions and training. The results showed that more than 90% were proud of their professions and almost 87% of respondents were satisfied with their work. Almost three out of four stated that they would recommend their profession to young people.
The total amount spent on continuing training of workers in Italy is about EUR 5 billion a year. Total resources for the training of Italian workers made available by the European Social Fund, national laws (236/93 and 53/00) and the Sectoral Training Funds amount to about EUR 1 billion a year.
Aware of the positive impact of training policies on growth and competitiveness, the Luxembourg Government intends to increase its financial contribution to continuing training in private companies. This measure specifically targets unskilled and older workers.
With the average age of the working population increasing, Europeans now have to work longer. How can these extended careers become more successful and satisfying? And how can lifelong guidance and counselling specifically support older workers?