In 2020, 51% of employees attended continuing vocational training. These are training courses that are at least partly funded by the employer and aim to increase the employee's competences. This is according to the new results of the continuing vocational training survey organised by Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, among more than 3,000 Belgian companies.
The financial sector takes the lead as employer with the highest percentage of employees attending continuing vocational training courses. This sector also has the highest percentage of training companies.
Companies with 10 to 49 employees offer proportionally less continuing vocational training.
At regional level, the Flemish Region has the largest percentage of training companies, while employees in the Brussels-Capital Region are the most likely to attend continuing vocational training.
Finally, it is remarkable that men are more likely to attend continuing vocational training courses than women.
Note: the five-yearly continuing vocational training survey aims to identify the training efforts of enterprises. The statistical population consists of enterprises with at least 10 employees in most of the Belgian sectors.
The survey with reference year 2020 took place during the COVID-19 pandemic. During part of 2020, physical training courses were prohibited, causing a sharp decline in results compared to 2015.