In 2016, 47.5% of residents of Latvia aged from 25 to 64 years participated in formal and/or informal education, of which 36.7% of job.
In five years this figure increased by 15.2 percentage points. In lifelong education in the past year participated 51.9% of women and 42.7% men, respectively, 14.6 and 15.8 percentage points more than five years ago.
In 2016, the activities of adult education participated 56,9% of the population aged 25-34 years, and 52.8% at age 35-44 years, 46.6 per cent — aged 45-54 years and 34.1% at age 55-64 years.
In comparison with 2011 the number of participating in activities of lifelong learning increased in all these age groups, the most — by 18.9% in the age group 25-34 years. Last year, these events often involved residents with a higher education (65.9 per cent) and employed (55,7%).
The main reason why to participate in adult education, those who would like to participate in it, was too large expenses for training (48,4%), time schedule, not allowing you to combine study and work (42.2 per cent) and family circumstances (30,5%).
In activities of formal education in 2016, was attended by 4.4 percent, non-formal education — 45.7% of residents of Latvia aged 25-64 years.
The main reasons why respondents had attended training courses, conferences, lectures and seminars, improving the quality of work performed (89,2%), obtaining interesting knowledge/skills (71,4%) and the development of useful in everyday life knowledge/skills (70,9%).
The survey is conducted every five years in all EU countries. In Latvia in 2016, it was attended 5803 respondents aged 25 to 64 years.