The percentage of companies employing 10 or more persons, where the staff participated in training courses declined in 2020 compared to 2015 according to Eurostat, the statistical service of the EU.
In 2020, 67.4% of enterprises employing 10 or more persons in the EU were considered ‘training enterprises’, meaning that their staff either participated in continuing vocational training (CVT) courses or at least in one of the other forms of CVT (guided on-the-job training, learning cycles, etc.).
Compared with 2015, there was a 3.1 percentage points (pp) decrease from 70.5%, which can most likely be explained by reduced business activities, closures, and restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Cyprus, 65.7% of applicable companies were considered training enterprises. Compared to 2015 there was a 3.8 pp reduction from 69.5%.
In 2020, the share of enterprises that provided any form of CVT was highest in Latvia with 96.8%, followed by Sweden (91.5%), Czechia (85.9), Belgium (82.2%) and Estonia (79.8%).
The lowest percentage was in Romania (17.5%), followed by Greece (17.8%), then there is a big jump of almost 20 pp to Hungary (37.7%), Poland (40.9%) and Bulgaria (45.1%).
In the EU, enterprises in services (other than distributive trades or accommodation and food services) were more likely to provide CVT, especially in the information and communication services and financial and insurance activities, where the proportion of enterprises providing CVT in 2020 was 82.8%.
In 2020, only enterprises in industry (except construction) saw a little increase of 1 pp in the share of training enterprises in 2020 (70.5%) compared with 2015 (69.5%), while enterprises in all other economic activities reported a decrease of between 2 and 5 pp.
The construction sector reported the highest decrease (-5.3 pp) in the share of enterprises providing CVT between 2015 (69.4%) and 2020 (64.1%), while the lowest decrease (-1.7 pp) was observed in ’information and communication services, financial and insurance activities’ sector, from 84.5% in 2015 to 82.8% in 2020.