What influences participation in non-formal and informal modes of continuous vocational education and training? An analysis of individual and institutional influencing factors

  • Participation in further education is a central success factor for economic growth and societal as well as individual development. This is especially true today because in most industrialized countries, labor markets and work processes are changing rapidly. Data on further education, however, show that not everybody participates and that different social groups participate to different degrees. Activities in continuous vocational education and training (CVET) are mainly differentiated as formal, non-formal and informal CVET, whereby further differences between offers of non-formal and informal CVET are seldom elaborated. Furthermore, reasons for participation or non-participation are often neglected. In this study, we therefore analyze and compare predictors for participation in both forms of CVET, namely, non-formal and informal. To learn more about the reasons for participation, we focus on the individual perspective of employees (invidual factors, job-related factors, and learning biography) and additionally integrate institutional characteristics (workplace and company-based characteristics). The results mainly show that non-formal CVET is still strongly influenced by institutional settings. In the case of informal CVET, on the other hand, the learning biography plays a central role.

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Author:Julia Lischewski, Susan Seeber, Eveline WuttkeORCiDGND, Therese Rosemann
Parent Title (English):Frontiers in psychology
Publisher:Frontiers Media
Place of publication:Lausanne
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/12/03
Date of first Publication:2020/12/03
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/12/17
Tag:continuous vocational education and training; influences of participation in CVET; informal CVET; multivariate analyses; non-formal CVET
Issue:Article 534485
Page Number:19
Institutes:Wirtschaftswissenschaften / Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0