Australian Bureau of Statistics
6278.0 - Education and Training Experience, 2009 Quality Declaration
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/03/2010
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The majority of Australians of working age undertook some form of learning during the last year, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Almost all (89%) Australians aged 15 to 64 years undertook some form of learning in the last 12 months.
On the job training, or learning by books or the internet was undertaken by nearly all (84%) Australians of working age.
About one quarter (26%) participated in formal study at school, college, TAFE or university with slightly more (28%) taking courses that do not lead to a formal qualification.
People with a Bachelor degree or higher were most likely to be employed as professionals or managers and people without a non-school qualification were most likely to be employed as clerical and administrative workers or labourers.
The most common field of study in formal learning was management and commerce (26%) followed by society and culture (20%).
The main reason people undertook work-related courses was that it was a requirement of their job. The health care and social assistance industry accounted for the majority of non-formal learning followed by the education and training industry.
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This page last updated 29 March 2010