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Press Statement


13 November 2017

Continuing Vocational Training 2015

  • 77% of enterprises provided training
  • Half of all employees attended training courses
  • Employees spent 19.4 hours on training courses on average
  • Go to release: Continuing Vocational Training 2015

    The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (13th November 2017) published data in relation to training in enterprises in Ireland in 2015. 

    Commenting on the data, Statistician Mary Heanue said: “In the private sector, 77% of enterprises provided training in 2015 and half of their employees attended training courses. Employees spent on average 19.4 hours on training courses, 30% of which were on health and safety.

    In the report, the top three skills to develop for the future were; customer handling skills, technical, practical or job specific skills and team working skills.

    The top three reasons limiting enterprises in providing training were; not enough time, a preference to recruit rather than train and the high cost of courses.

    Of employees attending training courses, 60% were men and 40% were women. Of all male employees, 44% participated in a training course, with 42% of females employees participating.

    In 2015, 2.2% of labour costs were spent on training course activity and half of enterprises assess the outcomes of their training activities”

    For further information contact:

    Mary Heanue (+353) 21 453 5714 or Alan Finlay (+353) 21 453 5211

    or email

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