Adult Education Survey is conducted every 5 years in all EU member states through a common methodology and a harmonized questionnaire in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) № 2019/1700 of 10 October 2019.
According to the survey, 637.9 thousand persons (18.9%) aged 25 - 64 participated in at least one non-formal training in the last 12 months. Compared with the previous survey wave, there was a decrease of 3.6 percentage points. While almost every third person (31.1%) with a tertiary education has participated in at least one non-formal training, this share is 4.7% for those with a basic or lower education.
In formal education in the last 12 months were enrolled 81 thousand persons (or 2.4%). Of all persons enrolled in formal education or training, the highest share was of those enrolled for acquiring Master’s degree - 35.3 thousand persons, or 43.5%.
In informal learning in the last 12 months were participated 1 481.6 thousand people, or 43.8% of the population aged 25 - 64. Women were more active than men, 46.9% and 40.81%, respectively.
Over the past 12 months, 218.3 thousand (6.5%) aged 25 - 64 had searched information on education and training possibilities and 183.4 thousand (84.0%) of them have found opportunities for inclusion in education or training.
The main obstacles for participation in education and training were: lack of free time (36.1%), too high costs for the educational program (22.5%) and family responsibilities (10.4%).
At least one foreign language use 47.9% of the population in active labour age (25 - 64). The largest share of used foreign languages was: English - 30.4%, followed by Russian (14.8%), German (4.8%) and French (1.9%).
Slightly more than a third of the population (36.5%) read newspapers every day (including electronic issues). Of those with basic or lower education, 9.0% read newspapers daily, and 37.8% and 47.9% among those with upper-secondary and tertiary education.