Participation in lifelong learning by sex

National data

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Participation in lifelong learning

% of the population aged 25-64 years

 2011201220132014201520162017
Belgium7.46.96.97.46.97.08.5
Netherlands17.116.917.918.318.918.819.1
France5.55.717.818.418.618.818.7
Germany7.97.97.98.08.18.58.4
Austria13.514.214.114.314.414.915.8
United Kingdom16.316.316.616.315.714.414.3
Euro Area 198.38.510.610.910.911.211.3
Europe 289.19.210.710.810.710.810.9

Female participation in lifelong learning

% of the population aged 25-64 years

 2011201220132014201520162017
Belgium7.87.37.17.97.37.58.8
Netherlands17.317.418.418.619.419.620.1
France5.96.020.020.821.121.221.1
Germany7.87.87.97.98.08.38.1
Austria14.615.315.415.415.416.317.3
United Kingdom18.218.018.318.017.515.815.8
Euro Area 198.78.911.411.711.711.912.1
Europe 289.89.911.611.811.711.711.8

Male participation in lifelong learning

% of the population aged 25-64 years

 2011201220132014201520162017
Belgium7.06.56.76.96.56.58.1
Netherlands16.916.417.418.018.418.018.2
France5.15.415.516.015.916.316.2
Germany7.98.17.98.18.28.78.7
Austria12.313.212.813.213.313.514.2
United Kingdom14.414.615.014.613.913.012.9
Euro Area 197.98.19.810.210.010.410.5
Europe 288.38.59.79.99.79.810.0

Regional data

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Participation in lifelong learning

% of the population aged 25-64 years

 2011201220132014201520162017
Belgium7.46.96.97.46.97.08.5
Brussels-Capital Region10.810.59.110.411.210.012.6
Flemish Region7.97.17.37.77.07.18.7
Walloon Region5.45.45.55.75.45.76.7
Europe 289.19.210.710.810.710.810.9

Female participation in lifelong learning

% of the population aged 25-64 years

 2011201220132014201520162017
Belgium7.87.37.17.97.37.58.8
Brussels-Capital Region11.711.49.811.312.210.713.7
Flemish Region8.37.47.58.37.37.88.8
Walloon Region5.65.75.56.05.85.97.1
Europe 289.89.911.611.811.711.711.8

Male participation in lifelong learning

% of the population aged 25-64 years

 2011201220132014201520162017
Belgium7.06.56.76.96.56.58.1
Brussels-Capital Region9.99.78.59.410.39.411.6
Flemish Region7.46.87.07.26.66.58.5
Walloon Region5.35.15.65.45.15.56.3
Europe 288.38.59.79.99.79.810.0

Description

  •  15/10/2018

Life-long learning refers to persons aged 25 to 64 who stated that they received education or training in the four weeks preceding the survey (numerator). The denominator consists of the total population of the same age group, excluding those who did not answer to the question 'participation to education and training'.

Both the numerator and the denominator come from the EU Labour Force Survey.

The strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training sets a benchmark on adult participation in lifelong learning, namely that an average of at least 15 % of adults aged 25 to 64 years old should participate in lifelong learning.

This indicator is also included in another database of the Federal Planning Bureau. It belongs to both the sets of sustainable development indicators and complementary indicators to the gross domestic product that provide, for this indicator, data by gender.

Other languages

  • Participation à la formation tout au long de la vie
  • Deelname aan levenslang leren

Source: Eurostat, Population and social conditions database.