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Published: 28 November 2012

Continuing vocational training volume unchanged

Corrected on 25 March 2020. The corrections are indicated in red.

Enterprises' investments in personnel training has remained relatively unchanged from 2005 to 2010 . However, the share of enterprises offering course training has decreased slightly, the share of persons participating in trainings has increased somewhat, and the working time per employee used on training has shortened marginally. These data derive from the Continuing vocational training survey of 2010 carried out by Statistics Finland; the survey is repeated every five years in all EU Member States.

Course training offering, training participants and number of training hours by industry, sector and size class in 2010. Table was corrected on 25 March 2020.

  Enterprises
total
Providing courses Participants Average
number
of hours  
number   %           number   %          
Industry            
Food industry 350 185 52,9 6 622 24,0 4,8
Wood and paper industry       1 188 704 59,3 56 686 51,1 12,1
Metal industry 1 898 1 294 68,2 75 610 41,2 9,6
Construction 2 214 1 046 47,2 37 187 29,8 5,8
Other manufacturing 393 306 77,8 9 564 51,3 14,2
Trade 3 287 2 266 68,9 89 204 38,7 7,5
Hotels and restaurants 693 335 48,3 13 914 37,9 5,0
Transport, communications 2 119 1 678 79,2 70 203 43,5 8,4
Financing, insurance 412 354 86,0 22 562 53,9 17,3
Other services 3 826 2 726 71,2 81 170 37,8 10,3
Sector            
Manufacturing 6 043 3 535 58,5 185 669 39,9 9,1
Services 10 337 7 359 71,2 277 053 40,5 9,0
Sice class            
10 to 49 employees 12 863 7 970 62,0 86 007 32,2 7,0
50 to 249 employees 2 894 2 369 81,9 92 951 31,9 7,2
250 employees or more 623 554 88,9 283 764 48,0 10,9
Total 16 380 10 894 66,5 462 722 40,2 9,1

The share of enterprises offering course training to their employees has dropped somewhat over the past five years, but, despite this, the share of participants has grown by one percentage point. Of all people employed in private sector enterprises with at least ten employees, 40.2 per cent participated in course training during 2010.

The participation rate in the manufacturing and service sectors is currently almost at the same level, while in 2005 the participation rate in the manufacturing sector was clearly higher than in the service sector. The variations by industry are large, in particular in a more detailed industry comparison (20 categories). The relatively large industry variations are usually caused by the economic situation of the industry and related training needs. On the other hand, on the level of an individual enterprise, training investments in one period may be followed by a more passive training period.

Training offering and participation in training is clearly tied to the size of the enterprise. The bigger the enterprise, the more likely it is to offer personnel training and the more employees will also participate in the training.

The duration of course training per employee was approximately 9 hours (just under one and a half working days), a slight decrease from the situation in 2005. The differences between the manufacturing and service sectors and between different size classes were relatively small. However, the differences between individual industries were relatively large also in terms of the duration of the training.

The participation data discussed above only apply for course-format training for which most detailed data have been collected. When other training formats are included (structured studying while working, job rotation, learning circles and quality circles, distance learning, Internet-based learning, conferences and lectures), the indicators for participation in personnel training rise somewhat. The data cannot be combined with the participation data for course training because the participants have, to some extent, been the same and because there is no data on the duration of other training formats.

The share of enterprises that have offered other training is virtually unchanged (56.2 per cent in 2005 and 57.6 per cent in 2010). However, the direction did vary for different training formats. Of all employees, 11.9 per cent participated in structured studying while working (– 4.2%), 2.1 per cent took part in job rotation and assignments (–0.8%), 5.4 per cent participated in learning circles and quality circles (+2.9%), 9.0 per cent took part in distance learning and Internet-based learning (+6.0%), and 12.5 per cent attended conferences and lectures (+3.4%).

The survey covers enterprises in the private sector with at least ten employees in 2010, excluding agriculture and forestry, education, and health and social work. Finland's response data contains 1,560 enterprises that represent a total of 16,380 enterprises and their 1,150,000 employees. The survey was conducted in the same form in 32 European countries.

The survey is conducted approximately every fifth year and it is used to describe employer-sponsored training, the numbers of participants in course training, and the number of personnel training days received, the content and arrangers of the training, as well as the costs incurred from the training. The survey also examines other training formats apart from course training, enterprises' training strategies and the obstacles for organising training.


Source: CVTS, Continuing vocational training survey, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Hannu Virtanen 09 1734 2514, Tarja Seppänen 09 1734 3220, cvts@stat.fi

Director in charge: Riitta Harala


Updated 28.11.2012

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): CVTS, Continuing vocational training [e-publication].
ISSN=1798-0003. 2010. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 2.7.2022].
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