Published: 4 October 2018

Business economics and law, and services, hobbies and safety are studied in adult education and training

Studies related to business economics and law and services, hobbies and safety were the most common subjects of adult education and training. Training related to these subjects had been received by 14 per cent of persons aged 18 to 64 in 2017. This information derives from Statistics Finland's Adult Education Survey for 2017.

Participation in adult education and training by content of education and sex in 2017 (population aged 18 to 64), %

Participation in adult education and training by content of education and sex in 2017 (population aged 18 to 64), %
NB Only the most common subjects included.

Sixteen per cent of women aged 18 to 64 studied business economics and law, 13 per cent of men. The biggest differences between sexes were in participation in training in female-dominated health care and social welfare (12 percentage points in favour of women) and in male-dominated fields of technology, manufacturing and construction (six percentage points in favour of men). Women also favoured courses in arts more often than men (Appendix table 1.).

The most popular subjects of personnel training received by wage and salary earners were the same as usual in adult education. Every fifth wage or salary earner aged 18 to 64, in total around 370,000 persons, had received personnel training in business economics and law in 2017. A total of 260,000 wage and salary earners received training related to services, hobbies and safety, 229,000 had training in health care.

The most popular subject of hobby-oriented adult education (not related to work or occupation) was arts, studied by 100,000 persons in 2017. Foreign languages were studied as a hobby by 80,000 and physical activity and sports by 77,000 adults.

The need for professional skills or career advancing training was reported by 42 per cent of persons aged 18 to 64 in 2017. The most need for training was felt for business economics and law. The next most common subjects were health care and social welfare and technology.


Source: Participation in adult education 2017, Statistics Finland

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Updated 4.10.2018

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Participation in adult education [e-publication].
ISSN=2489-6926. 2017. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 17.12.2018].
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