Access to training
Graphs on this page:
- The less qualifications a person has, the less job-related training they are likely to receive. For example, around 10% of employees with no qualifications report that they have received job-related training in the last three months. By contrast, among those with a higher educational qualification, the proportion receiving job-related training rises to 40%.
- This pattern is reflected in the proportions receiving training according to the nature of their occupation. So among those in elementary (routine) occupations, plant & machine operatives and those engaged in skilled trades, around 15% receive any job-related training in any three-month period. By contrast, among those in professional occupations, the proportion is around 45%.
- The best access to training is in the public sector.
Definitions and data sources
The first graph shows the proportion of employees who have received some job-related training in the last three months according to the level of the employees’ highest qualification. Department for Education equivalence scales have been used to translate vocational qualifications into their academic equivalents.
The second graph shows how the proportion of employees who have received some job-related training in the last three months varies by occupation group. Note that the major occupations under the title ‘personal service’ are related to healthcare and childcare services. Those under ‘elementary’ relate to routine occupations.
The third graph shows how the proportion of employees who have received some job-related training in the last three months varies by broad industry group. Of the 21 Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) 2007 industry sectors, the 6 smallest have been omitted for presentational purposes whilst a number of others have been combined: ‘transport and communications’ is industry codes H and J; ‘other private sector services’ is codes L-N; ‘public sector’ is codes O-Q; and ‘community services’ is codes R-S.
The data source for all the graphs is the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the data is the average for the latest three years. The training includes both that paid for by employers and by employees themselves.
Overall adequacy of the indicator: medium. The LFS is a well-established, quarterly government survey, designed to be representative of the population as a whole. But a single, undifferentiated notion of ‘training,’ without reference to its length or nature, lessens the value of the indicator.