Written by Kasia Pająk

The latest Cedefop publication compares data from the two last rounds of the Continuing Vocational Training Survey (CVTS) in enterprises conducted in EU Member States, Norway and North Macedonia in 2010 and 2015.

The survey covers enterprises with 10 or more employees. The analyses presented in the report relate to employer-sponsored CVET.

Four dimensions of CVT in enterprises were analysed:

  1. Training incidence (percentage of enterprises providing CVT),
  2. Participation in CVT (share of employees participating in CVET),
  3. Intensity of CVT (number of hours spent on CVT per 1000 hours worked),
  4. The expenditures of enterprises on CVT.

The results of the study indicate a moderate improvement in all four analysed dimensions. In 2010-2015, the differences between small and large enterprises in the field of lifelong learning have also decreased and seem unchanged since then. The most desirable skills in continuing training are still the technical or practical skills relating to the performed occupation. Among the reasons cited for not engaging in lifelong learning are the lack of need and a greater focus on recruiting new staff with the required skills rather than training the current workforce.

The report is available at the Cedefop website.