CVTS is a sample survey among enterprises. The subject of the statistics is continuing vocational training courses and other forms of vocational training as well as the education for apprentices. The CVTS covers enterprises with at least ten employees in the manufacturing and service sector (NACE sectors B to N as well as R and S). The target population in Austria consists of around 39,500 enterprises with, altogether, more than two million employees.
4.063 Austrian enterprises of the production and the services sector with at least ten persons employed were surveyed about their continuing vocational training activities in the year 2015.
88% of the enterprises provided continuing vocational training in 2015. These enterprises let their employees attend courses or other forms of vocational training in paid working time or paid (all or part) for vocational training activities attended off-time. 82% of the enterprises offered continuing vocational training courses, 79% of the enterprises conducted other forms of continuing vocational training. The most frequent other form of continuing vocational training was “planned learning by the attendance at conferences, workshops, trade fairs and lectures”. This form of continuing vocational training was offered by 65% of the enterprises.
Most of the enterprises that provided no continuing vocational training activities in 2015 explained that the existing skills and competences of the persons employed corresponded to the current needs of the enterprise.
Almost half the persons employed attended a continuing vocational training course in 2015. The participation rate increases from small-sized enterprises (10 to 49 employees) from 35% over 41% for medium-sized enterprises (50 to 249 employees) to 55% for large sized enterprises (more than 250 employees).
The kind of skills most frequently taught in the courses was “technical, practical or job-specific”. 63% of the course providing companies reported that employees were trained in such skills. Widespread were also training activities in the field of customer care (40%). On average, every continuing vocational training course participant spent 23 paid working hours in courses. The overall costs of the continuing vocational training courses amounted to 1.365 Euro per participant and 60 Euro per participant and course hour, respectively.
Large-sized companies invested distinctly more in continuing vocational training courses for their personnel than do smaller enterprises. In 2015, the overall costs of the continuing vocational training courses per person employed amounted to an average of just 427 Euro in enterprises with 10 to 49 persons employed, while it amounted to 640 Euro in enterprises with 50 to 249 persons employed and to 741 Euro in enterprises with 250 and more persons employed.
In a European comparison, Austria is in the lead with regard to the proportion of continuing training-active companies with about 88% – as well as in the previous studies. The EU average is around 73%. With regard to access to continuing vocational training – measured by the proportion of training courses participants among all employees – Austria is around 45% above the EU average of around 41%. Austrian companies are below the EU average in terms of the intensity indicator (hours of continuing vocational training courses per participant) and the quality indicator (assessment of in-company training measures). In terms of the proportion of companies offering continuing vocational training courses, a clear increase can be seen in the time comparison: in 2015, around 82% of companies offered training courses, an increase of around nine percentage points compared to 2010 and an increase of around 14 percentage points over 2005.
Compared to 2005 and 2010, the proportion of people attending continuing education courses increased significantly in 2015. However, a decrease can be seen in the intensity of training (hours of continuing education courses per participant) between 2010 and 2015 and in the total cost of continuing vocational courses per participant
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