Eurostat: Two thirds of EU27 enterprises provided vocational training in 2010

Ranged from 23% in Poland to 87% in Austria and Sweden

11-6-2013 — / — In the EU27, two thirds (66%) of all enterprises1 with ten or more employees provided vocational training2 to their staff in 2010, compared with 60% in 2005. The highest proportions of enterprises providing training were observed in Austria and Sweden (both 87%) the United Kingdom(80%), the Netherlands (79%), Belgium (78%) and France (76%), and the lowest in Poland (23%), Romania (24%), Bulgaria (31%), Latvia (40%) and Hungary (49%).

These data3, published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, come from the Continuing Vocational Training Survey (CVTS), which is carried out every five years. This News Release presents data from the fourth and latest survey, referring to the year 2010, which covered the 27 Member States and Croatia.

A slightly higher proportion of employees in large enterprises do training

Among those enterprises providing vocational training in the EU27 in 2010, almost half (48%) of their employees participated in such training. The highest proportions of employees participating were observed in the Czech Republic (72% of all employees in enterprises providing training), Slovenia (62%), Luxembourg (60%) and Slovakia (58%), and the lowest in Hungary (27%), Lithuania (31%), Austria and the United Kingdom (both 37%).

In the EU27, a slightly higher proportion of employees in large4 enterprises (49% of employees) do training than in medium-sized4 enterprises (45%) and small4 enterprises (46%).

An average of 25 hours training per participant in the EU27 in 2010

In the EU27, participants in vocational training courses spent on average 25 hours each on training in 2010, an amount which varied significantly between Member States, ranging from 14 hours per participant in the Czech Republic and 15 hours in Latvia to 42 hours in Portugal and 40 hours in Malta.

As regards costs, vocational training courses accounted for 0.8% of total labour costs of all enterprises in the EU27 in 2010, varying from 0.4% inItaly, Latvia and Romania to 1.5% in France and 1.4% in Malta.

Continuing vocational training, 2010 (table)

  1. Enterprises with ten or more employees covering all economic sectors except agriculture, forestry and fishing, public administration and defence, compulsory social security, education, human health and social work activities (NACE Rev.2 categories B-S, except O, P, and Q).
  2. Continuous Vocational Training (CVT) corresponds to training during working-time or paid at least partially by the employer (for instance evening courses).
  3. For more information see the Statistics Explained article on the Eurostat website:

Data for Norway will follow shortly.

  1. Small enterprises: 10 to 49 employees, medium-sized enterprises: 50-249 employees and large enterprises: 250 employees or more.
Issued by: Eurostat Press OfficeLouise CORSELLI-NORDBLADTel: +352-4301-33 For further information about the data:Philippe LOMBARDOTel: +352-4301-34

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