Lifelong learning has gained increasing importance in recent years. According to the definition of the European Council, it includes “all learning activity undertaken throughout life, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competences within a personal, civic, social and/or employment-related perspective”. The “lifelong learning” structural indicator was developed to measure participation in training and further education. This indicator measures the proportion of the population aged between 25 and 64 that participates in training and further education activities.
Participation in continuing education courses has increased in recent years by tendency, nevertheless there was a marked drop in the first year of the Corona pandemic. One of the most important factors in the willingness to participate in continuing education is the existing level of basic education, with more frequent participation in courses and training being observed as the level of education increases.
The “lifelong learning” structural indicator was 11.7% in 2020 (annual average) which is 3 points less than in the previous year. About 7% of the population aged 15 years and older participated during the last 4 weeks in continuing training; that is also 3 points less compared to 2019.
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