‘Continuing vocational training’ (CVT) is defined as pre-arranged training at least partially funded by the organisation, or training that took place during employee’s paid working time.
The report identifies consistencies and key themes in the data and suggests underlying explanations and connections between them:
larger organisations are more likely than smaller ones to offer CVT, and to have the organisational structure to support the training
financial services and public sectors, which are dominated by large businesses and organisations, are more likely to train their staff than those in production and construction sectors that have smaller organisations
on average, men spent slightly more time on CVT courses than women, which can be explained by the significant gender imbalance in the production and construction sectors, and the fact that health and safety and environmental matters are of more relevance to manual and technical occupations mainly held by men
mandatory training was a significant component of all CVT provision, which could be explained by the UK’s ‘licence to practice’ approach, creating an overall greater volume of training
private training companies are used by nearly twice as many employers as public training institutions such as further education colleges and universities
barriers to training were mainly demand factors: employers did not perceive a need for training or were unwilling to pay its costs in time or cash outlay
This report analyses the UK findings only from the CVTS4. The statistical office of the European Commission (Eurostat) will publish international comparisons when all participating countries have reported.
See also the underlying data for the tables and charts in this report.
14 February 2013
Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
BIS research papers
Further education and training