55 per cent have taken part in courses and seminars
More than half of the adult population participates in non-formal education. Four out of five participants take such non-formal education during paid working hours.
Fifty-five per cent of the population aged 25-64 years have participated in non-formal education during the last 12 months, as results from the Adult Education Survey (AES) 2017 show. A rapid pace of change in working life is leading to growing demand for job-related competence, and results from the survey show that the working place is an important arena for participation in non-formal education. Eighty-one per cent of the participants in non-formal education participated during paid working hours. This share has remained stable compared with 2012, when the last AES was conducted.
Adult Education Survey
Participation more common among those with a high level of education
Participation in non-formal education varies with educational attainment. While 33 per cent of those with only a primary/lower secondary education participated in non-formal education, the corresponding share is 71 per cent among those who completed an education at university college or university level.
Among those with a higher education, participation in non-formal education during paid working hours is more common. Seventy-two per cent of the participants with only a primary/lower secondary education participated during paid working hours, compared to 84 per cent of participants with a university college or university education.
The survey was conducted in the period October 2016-February 2017, and the respondents were asked to report participation during the last 12 months prior to the interview.