The Unequal Distribution of Employer-Provided Training. Empirical Findings and Sociological Conceptualisations
In international comparison the participation rate in employer-provided training is very high in Finland. What is typical for Finnish workplace training is its uneven distribution among employees. In the long run the participation in employer-provided training has grown. However, the differences in participation between levels of hierarchy (social classes) have been remarkably persistent. The differences have not diminished in 30 years.
The empirical data used in the study are The Adult Education Surveys by Statistics Finland. Adult education surveys study not only participation in education and learning and skills among the adult population; in addition, they produce data about people’s opinions and experiences of adult education, their motivations and willingness and need to participate in it, and obstacles to and preconditions for it. The data from the survey are based on face-to-face interviewing of a sample of more than 5 000 people. The survey 2012 was a part of a European co-operative project co-ordinated by the Statistical Office of the European Communities.