Australian Bureau of Statistics
4229.0 - Adult Learning, Australia, 2006-07
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/12/2007 First Issue
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Australians embrace life-long learning
Over one-third (4.2 million or 38%) of Australians aged 25 to 64 years participated in formal or non-formal learning in the year to June 2007, according to a survey run for the first time by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Almost three-quarters (74%) of Australians aged 25 to 64 years participated in informal learning.
In the 2006-07 survey on people undertaking formal learning (e.g. degree/certificate qualification), non-formal learning (e.g. typing course) and informal learning (e.g. reading reference manuals) the ABS found that management and commerce were the most popular formal (28%) and non-formal (25%) learning areas.
The main reason Australians take up formal learning is "to get a better job or promotion" (28%), and the main reason Australians take up non-formal learning is because it was a requirement of their job (36%).
Full-time workers were more likely to have participated in some forms of learning than persons not in the labour force (84% compared to 62%).
Other survey findings include:
For more details see Adult Learning, Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 4229.0).
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