CVTS, Continuing vocational training

Producer: Statistics Finland
Main topic: Education
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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Yes
European Statistical System (ESS): Yes


The first continuing vocational training survey (CVTS1) was conducted in 1994 concerning 1993. The survey was then implemented in 12 Member States of the European Union, but Finland did not participate in the data collecting.

The collection of data for the second Continuing Vocational Training Survey (CVTS2) concerned the year 1999 and that of the third Continuing Vocational Training Survey (CVTS3) concerned the year 2005. The target group of the CVTS3 survey were enterprises with at least ten employees excluding agriculture and forestry, health and social work, education and public administration.

In Finland, Statistics Finland has been responsible for publishing data from the survey. In addition, Eurostat has published several releases and publications from the data for the whole of the European Union.

The Continuing Vocational Training Survey data collection is based on a decree which entered into force in 2005.

Data content

The survey is used to describe the numbers of participants in employer-sponsored training and personnel training days received by gender, organiser of training and field of education, for example. Under examination are also the costs incurred from the training by cost factor, used forms of training, enterprises' personnel training principles, trends of change in training and obstacles to the organising of training. The basic data are confidential. Research institutes and groups may get permission to use unidentifiable unit-level data according to a separate application practice.

Classifications used

The enterprise's industry and size category, ISCED 97 fields of education /Eurostat - CEDEFOP: Fields of Training Manual.

Data collection methods and data sources

A mail inquiry and a web form are directed to sample enterprises, and they are supplemented with telephone contacts and reminders.

Data collections

Updating frequency

The second data collection in Finland. Made in 1994 in the 12 EU Member States of the time. In Finland the data collection has been conducted in 2000 and 2006. In the future the survey will be conducted roughly every five years at a time specified by the Commission.

Time of completion or release

Results will be ready at the beginning of 2008. They will also contain a section in which the Finnish data is compared with that of other European countries.

Time series

As regards Finland, data is available for 1999 and 2005, and for some EU countries also for 1993.


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Last updated 28.12.2017