After a period of stagnation between 1999 and 2010, the rate of companies providing training increased by 6 percentage points, reaching 77% in 2015. In the same year, 62% of employees, in other words over 170,000 individuals, were able to undertake continuing professional training. On average, each person trained followed 35 hours of classes.
Differences depending on the sector and size of company
Among all companies, those in the resources and energy sector (90%) as well as the transport and communications sector (89%) had the highest percentages of companies providing training. The construction sector was at the bottom of this ranking with a rate of 61%. Â
Consequently, only 36% of employees in the construction sector were able to undertake continuing professional training. On the other hand, 76% of employees in the field of services and financial services participated in such courses.
In general, large companies had the best structures. Most of them had a training manager, a specific budget and a training plan. The rate of companies providing training was 100% for very large companies with more than 1,000 employees. For companies with more than 250 employees, almost all were companies that provide training. On the other hand, the rate of companies providing training was 68% for companies with between 10 and 19 employees.
The majority of companies offered their staff a wide range of different training options. In most cases the training was provided in the form of external courses (62% of companies), internal courses (53%), conferences (55%) and on-the-job training (53%).
The training offered by the different companies was mainly aimed at specific skills related to clearly defined tasks (75% of companies). Other goals pursued by the companies providing training included customer focus for employees (23%), IT skills (21%), management skills (19%) and learning foreign languages (15%).
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal)