According to a study by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). In 2017, 19.1% of Dutch between 25 and 65 as a result of education. It can be a workshop of several hours, a course of several weeks, but also a multi-year professional or academic education.
The percentage of adult learners is growing steadily. In 2003, about 16% of adults followed education. "The job market is changing, tasks are changing because of technological innovations, and that requires more and more workers to be trained," explains Tanya Trag, an educational sociologist in Dutch statistics. "New computer systems are coming, or a company is going agile Working. For this, courses are then offered to employees. "
The Netherlands is doing better than other EU countries in terms of lifelong learning. Only in Sweden, Finland and Denmark do more adults follow education. We have been above the European target for 2020 for a long time to allow 15% of adults to receive training.
The Netherlands has set itself the goal that by 2020, at least 20% of those aged 25-65 will have the form of education.
In particular, educated people in their late twenties and people who work in financial services, health care or education for their work or leisure activities attend a course or training, according to a previous CBS study.
Of the adults who participated in the school bench last year, 23% followed a course or course that lasted less than a week. Group roughly the same group following a course of 3 years or more. This includes 25-year-olds still undergoing formal training, such as medicine. About 6% of all children aged 25-65 who follow the training are such long-term students.