Credit: Observatoire de la formation

In its latest publications, the Training Observatory (Observatoire de la formation) has analysed the training practices in companies in Luxembourg for the year 2017.

The new publications found that employees in Luxembourg undertook a larger number of short training courses in 2017, rather than a few long courses.

Indeed, as the duration of training decreased, the number of training courses attended per person increased, with employees participating in 4.8 training courses in 2017, compared to 4.3 courses in 2012. Nevertheless, significant disparities persisted regarding access to training depending on the company's field of activity and the employee's status.

The duration of training courses has been slowly but surely decreasing since 2012. On average, trainings lasted 5.1 hours in 2017, compared to 5.7 hours in 2012. This downward movement was most noticeable in the "Commerce; repair of automobiles and motorcycles", 'Human health and social work" and "Information and communication" sectors, as well as among very small enterprises (less than 10 employees). In the sectors mentioned, training courses lasted 2.1 to 2.6 hours less than in 2012. In very small companies, training courses lasted 9.9 hours, a decreased of 2.8 hours in five years.

On the other hand, employees participated in an increasing number of training courses between 2012 and 2017. For instance, employees in the "Financial and insurance activities" sector attended 7.5 training courses, ie 2.2 more training courses than in 2012. This was the sector that experienced the strongest growth in the number of courses attended. The participation of employees of very small companies also increased from 4.3 training courses in 2012 to 5.6 training courses in 2017.

The findings also showed that company executives and managers continue to have greater access to training courses than employees. In fact, non-qualified employees took fewer training courses in 2017 (2.4) than in 2012 (2.6), whilst the number of training courses for qualified employees rose from 4.4 to 5.0 in five years. Similarly, executives and managers attended more training courses in 2017 than in 2012: executives attended 1.5 more courses (6.8 compared to 5.3) and managers attended 0.3 more courses (6.1 compared to 5.8).

To conclude, the publications revealed that the participation rate of private sector employees increased by 5% compared to 2012, with 56.1% of all employees in the private sector potentially benefitting from state support for training in 2017, compared to 51.1% in 2012.

These publications can be downloaded from the Training Observatory website: