Continuing vocational education and training, 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. Employees’ opportunities to participate in CVET are dependent on the size of the firm.

The indicator is defined as the percentage of all employees in the small  enterprises (with 10 to 49 employees) surveyed who participated in employer sponsored CVT courses over the previous 12 months. The indicator can be compared directly to indicator No 1030 (employees participating in CVT courses).

Figure 9: Employees of small firms participating in CVT courses (%)

Source: Eurostat, continuing vocational training survey.

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On average, 25% of employees of small firms in the EU participated in CVT courses in 2010, which is considerably lower than the corresponding share in all firms (regardless of size) at 38% (indicator 1030).

The share of employees of small firms participating in CVT was the highest in the Czech Republic (at 46%), followed by Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Luxembourg, Belgium and Finland (all above 30%). In contrast, the lowest participation levels were reported in Poland, Bulgaria, Greece, and Romania (all below 10%). Among non-EU countries data are available for Norway only, where 45% of employees of small firms participated in CVT courses.

Table 9: Employees of small firms 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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