Lifelong learning

In 2018, 8.6% of the Belgian population aged 25-64 participated in (formal or non-formal) training in the last four weeks before the interview. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must increase. The trend since 2000 is undetermined.

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Lifelong learning - Belgium and international comparison

percentage of population aged 25-64

 199220002010201320152016201720182018//19922018//2013
Belgium2.36.27.46.96.97.08.58.65.24.5
EU28----9.310.710.710.810.911.1--0.7
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 1999 BE, 2003 UE, 2004 BE, 2006, 2013 UE, 2017 BE, provisional data for 2018

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2019), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), trng_lfse_01 and trng_lfse_03, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 02/04/2019).

Lifelong learning by sex - Belgium

percentage of population aged 25-64

 199220002010201320152016201720182018//19922018//2013
females1.75.77.67.17.37.58.89.26.75.3
males2.86.77.26.76.56.58.18.14.23.9
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 1999 BE, 2003 UE, 2004 BE, 2006, 2013 UE, 2017 BE, provisional data for 2018

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2019), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), trng_lfse_01 and trng_lfse_03, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 02/04/2019).

Lifelong learning by education - Belgium

percentage of population aged 25-64

 200020052010201320152016201720182018//20002018//2013
less than primary, primary and lower secondary education2.23.13.23.03.02.83.23.32.31.9
upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education6.57.36.15.25.55.36.06.1-0.43.2
tertiary education11.915.312.311.711.211.513.713.90.93.5
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 1999 BE, 2003 UE, 2004 BE, 2006, 2013 UE, 2017 BE, provisional data for 2018

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2019), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), trng_lfse_01 and trng_lfse_03, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 02/04/2019).

Definition: share of the population aged 25 to 64 who participated in (formal or non-formal) training in the last four weeks before the interview. The data come from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). Statbel organises this EU-harmonised survey in Belgium and makes the results available, in particular to Eurostat. The survey methodology was reviewed in 2017. Comparison of the 2017 data with previous years should be done with caution. The data used here come from Eurostat, which publishes detailed and comparable results between EU Member States. Since these data are based on surveys, a margin of uncertainty must be taken into account. The confidence intervals for these data are available on request from Statbel.

Goal: the share of the population taking part in lifelong learning must increase.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include target 4.3: “By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.”

One of the seven priority policy areas of the 2011 National Reform Programme, adopted by Belgium in April 2011 (Federal government, 2011) as a result of the Europe 2020 Strategy (European Commission, 2010) is “Increasing lifelong learning for employees and the qualification of jobseekers” to be able to achieve the employment target (73.2% employment rate in 2020).

International comparison: Belgium is running behind the European average. The difference between Belgium and the EU28 was 1.1 percentage points in 2002 and increased to 3.8 percentage points in 2016. The catch-up movement in 2017 in Belgium did not continue in 2018. When Member States are divided into three groups, Belgium is part of the group with average performance and is below the European average in 2018.

UN indicator: the selected indicator corresponds to indicator 4.3.1 - Participation rate of youth and adults in formal and non-formal education and training in the previous 12 months, by sex.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 26/04/2019).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 26/04/2019).

This indicator is also included in another database of the Federal Planning Bureau, additionally providing regional data for Belgium: the indicators of the innovation system.

More information is available in FR (French) and NL (Dutch).