VETNET ECER 2001 Proceedings
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Vanhoven, Els; Buyens, Dirk
Continuing vocational training in Belgium: An overview

In 1993, the European Union started a research in order to get a good insight in the different aspects of continuing vocational training in European companies.  Using a standardised questionnaire enabled to compare the vocational training of all participating countries.  Today this research is continued in even more countries than in 1993.  This allows not only to compare vocational training in the participating countries, but also makes it possible to trace the evolution in vocational training over the past years. Although different kinds of research on training in different countries was done in the past, this study is unique in three different ways.  First of all because it looks at the different aspects of training and training methods in an elaborated way, also taking financial aspects into account.  Secondly, almost all European countries participated in the survey, thus allowing a comparison on European level.  Finally, as this survey is a continuing study, it is longitudinal in its design. 
In this quantitative study the data were collected using a standardised questionnaire made by the EU, with assistance from the participating countries. The Belgian sample contained 1300 Belgian enterprises of all sizes (from 10 to more than 1000 employees) and almost all different sectors (using NACE codes). 
At this moment, only the first results are known and an effort is made in order to finish final analysis by the end of April.  However, these first results already show some remarkable evolutions in Belgian vocational training over the past seven years.  Some clear differences in investment and way of dealing with vocational training appeared between different types of enterprises (by NACE code and size category).  Moreover, there were some interesting relations between the different aspects of a company’s training policy, the more or less structured way in which training is set up and some aspects of the company’s human resource management. 
Finally, the elaborated way in which both the more formal, classical training methods and the more informal training  were questioned, allowed to create a clear picture of their different constituting elements and interrelationships. 


Complete reference:
Manning, Sabine; Dif, M'hamed (eds.). 2001. VETNET ECER 2001 proceedings: Current research in European vocational education and human resource development. Berlin: Wissenschaftsforum Bildung und Gesellschaft e.V. [Internet:].

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