2. Every second person in work-related education and training

Most of the received adult education and training was vocational, i.e., participation was motivated by reasons related to work or occupation. Almost 1.3 million persons, or 51 per cent of the labour force (employed and unemployed) took part in such education and training in 2006. Participation in vocational adult education and training did not change between 2000 and 2006.

Figure 4. Participation in adult education and training related to work or occupation in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2006 (labour force aged 18–64)

Figure 4. Participation in adult education and training related to work or occupation in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2006 (labour force aged 18–64)

The employed were the most typical participants in education and training related to work or occupation. Of the unemployed, 17 per cent took part in such education in 2006, while the corresponding proportion among the employed was as high as 55 per cent. Participation in adult education and training related to work or occupation among the unemployed and the employed has not really changed when compared with the year 2000.

Figure 5. Participation in adult education and training related to work or occupation by labour market status in 2006 (labour force aged 18-64 and persons outside the labour force)

Figure 5. Participation in adult education and training related to work or occupation by labour market status in 2006 (labour force aged 18-64 and persons outside the labour force)

Women participated in adult education and training related to work or occupation more actively than men. Over one-half of them had participated in such studies, while the respective proportion among men was less than one-half (45 per cent of the labour force).

Figure 6. Participation in adult education and training related to work or occupation by gender in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2006 (labour force aged 18-64)

Figure 6. Participation in adult education and training related to work or occupation by gender in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2006 (labour force aged 18-64)

The least active participants in education and training related to work or occupation were recent entrants to working life, that is, the 18 to 24-year olds, as well as persons aged 55 or over. More than every second person aged 25 to 54 belonging to the labour force had participated in education and training related to work or occupation in 2006.

Table 2. Participation in adult education and training related to work or occupation by age group in 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2006 (labour force aged 18-64). Participants of population (thousand)

  1990 1995 2000 2006 2006
% % % % 1 000
18–24 36 27 41 36 69
25–34 50 44 56 54 275
35–44 48 45 56 57 375
45–54 44 47 52 54 375
55–64 27 33 34 40 173
Total 44 43 51 51 1 267

Employees participate in education and training more often than others

Employees were the most active participants in adult education and training related to work or occupation. More than one-half of them had participated in such education. Roughly one-third of agricultural entrepreneurs and other entrepreneurs had participated in education in 2006. Agricultural entrepreneurs’ participation in education nearly trebled between 1990 and 1995. By contrast, their participation rate has changed very little during the 2000s.

Figure 7. Participation in adult education and training related to work or occupation (entrepreneurs and employees) in 2006 (labour force aged 18-64)

Figure 7. Participation in adult education and training related to work or occupation (entrepreneurs and employees) in 2006 (labour force aged 18-64)

Source: Adult Education Survey 2006, Statistics Finland

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Updated 31.12.2008

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