This indicator allows a comparison to be made between different population groups of the equality of opportunity in the access to informal continuing education. Being integrated into the labour market greatly increases a person’s participation in various continuing education activities. The level of education, work-time percentage and status in employment also have an impact on the likelihood of participating in informal continuing education. This, in turn, facilitates integration into the labour market.
Two-thirds of people without a migration background take part in informal education. The population with a migration background from the second generation show the same rates (66%). In contrast, the population with a migration background from the first generation participates significantly less often in this type of education (54%) than the population with no migration background and the population with a migration background from the second or subsequent generations.
Overall, access to informal education is greater the higher the level of education. While less than 40% of the total population with compulsory education as highest education level attended an informal continuing education course in the past 12 months, this figures exceeds 80% in the tertiary level population.
Nevertheless, regardless of educational attainment, people with a migration background from the first generation are less likely to take part in informal education than the population with a migration background from the second or subsequent generations and persons with no migration background. The participation rate in informal education of the population without a migration background is not statistically different to that of people with a migration background from the second generation, irrespective of their level of education.
This indicator established the percentage of the population that took part in an informal continuing education course in the 12 months prior to interview. Informal education includes activities taking place in a student-teacher context but which are not provided by the formal education system. These can be courses, conferences, seminars or private courses for example.
The rate is calculated as follows: Persons taking part in a continuing education course / Total persons
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