Data on vocational training in enterprises are used to estimate share of enterprises organising vocational training, types of employee training, number of employees engaged in vocational training, direct expenditure on organisation of vocational training, time spent in vocational training, initial vocational training in enterprises and reasons for vocational training in breakdown by economic activity and size of enterprise.


Other forms of training are typically connected to the active work and the active workplace, but they can also include attendances at conferences, business fairs and similar activities with the purpose to study. Their content usually is adjusted to the visitors’ individual needs in the workplace.

There are the following types of other forms of training: planned training through on-the job-training; planned training through job-rotation, shift or transfer to other workplace for some time, study visits.

Vocational training courses are typically clearly separated from the active workplace (training is carried out in places which are specially provided for training, for example, in classroom or training centre). Courses are specially organized (time, room and content). The content is designed for the group of trainees (for example, there is a curriculum, programme).

There are two types of vocational training courses: internal and external vocational training courses.

Contunuing vocational training in enterprises is educational activities or activities the main aim of which is acquiring of new knowledge or development and improvement of existent knowledge which the enterprise must at least partially finance to its employees who either have work agreement or who benefit directly from their work for the enterprise such as unpaid family workers or casual workers.

Initial vocational training in enterprises is a work based training measure or activity for apprentices/trainees. It lead to a formal qualification. The activity is often (fully or partially) financed by the enterprise, however, it is not an mandatory condition. Apprentices/trainees often have special training contract.

Data availability

Dissemination format and Release calendar

Sampling survey 'Vocational training in enterprises'' is conducted every 5 years. Vocational Training survey 1999, 2005»

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Data on vocation training enterprises are collected and published using Statistical Classification of Economic Activities in the European Community (NACE Rev. 1.1).

A Classification Catalogue with classification codes and their explanations has been published on the CSB website.

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Data collection

Survey method un data source

Data on vocational training in enterprises are acquired with the help of sample survey. Data source used to obtain the information is CSB questionnaire ''Vocational training in enterprises''.

Target population

Enterprise coverage

In the vocational training organization enterprises of following sectors were surveyed:

  • mining and quarrying;
  • electricity, gas and water supply;
  • construction;
  • hotels and restaurants;
  • transport, storage and communication;
  • manufacturing;
  • wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and personal and household goods;
  • financial intermediation;
  • real estate, renting and business activities;
  • other community, social and personal service activities.

Sample size

In 2005, 3 935 enterprises were surveyed.

Data revision 

Survey data can be updated.

Due to specifics of ele ctronic data processing and rounding adjustments, slight discrepancies may occur between the published data and calculations made by information users.


Comparability over time

Data on vocation training in enterprise are comparable since 1999.

International comparability


The Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) publishes information on education on EU and on every country separately on its home page. It can be found in section: Statistics/ Population and social conditions/ Education and training/ Continuing Vocational Training.


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Contact person on methodology

Name Surname Phone number Position Email
Ilga Liepiņa +371 67366688 Senior Officer Ilga [dot] Liepina [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv

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