This indicator provides an important measure of the extent to which people of working age in an economy are developing their skills through participation in education and training of some kind. Although many people attain qualifications during their formal schooling, it is becoming increasingly important for workers to continue to develop their professional abilities over their working lives to ensure that their skills do not become obsolete. By measuring the extent to which people are actively participating in education and training, we can gain an understanding of the extent to which this skill development is taking place.
The population in education and training figure indicates the percentage of the population who are aged 25-64 and have received some form of formal education or training over the course of a set time period. As people in this age band are likely to have completed their formal schooling, the indicator provides an indication of the level of continuous skill development occurring across the working-age population.
It is similarly important to be aware of which groups are in receipt of training; there are concerns, for instance, that older people and those with lower levels of educational attainment are less likely to participate in education and training and, as a consequence, are more vulnerable to wider changes taking place in the economy. It is therefore possible to look at this indicator by age, gender, and qualification level accordingly.
Note: All estimations are Skills Panorama Team own calculations based on Eurostat data.
Measures the percentage of people, aged 25 to 64, who received education or training over the working age population.
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