This is indicated by research by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). In 2017, 19.1% of Dutch people between 25 and 65 attended a form of education. This can be several hours of workshops, several weeks of courses, but also vocational education or multi-year universities.
The percentage of adults who learn grows steadily. In 2003, around 16% of adults attended a form of education. "The labor market is changing, the task is changing because of technological innovation and that increasingly requires employees to be trained," explained Tanja Traag, educational sociologist at Statistics Netherlands. "A new computer system will come, or the company will leave agile work. For this reason, courses are then offered to staff. "
The Netherlands has a good performance compared to other EU countries in terms of lifelong learning. Only in Sweden, Finland and Denmark do more adults attend education. We have been above the European target for 2020 for a long time to allow 15% of adults to receive training.
The Netherlands has set itself the ambition that by 2020 at least 20% of 25 to 65 years will receive education.
In particular, highly educated people in their late twenties and people who work in financial services, health care or education for their work or as recreational activities attend courses or training, according to previous CBS research.
Of adults who attended school last year, 23% attended courses or courses that lasted less than one week. Groups that are about the same as taking courses for 3 years or more. This includes 25-year-olds who are still undergoing formal training, such as medicine. About 6% of all 25 to 65 years who attend training are long-term students.