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Continuing Vocational Training Survey (CVTS)

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Continuing Vocational Training Survey (CVTS) 2020

The purpose of the CVTS survey has been to create a comparable European statistics on Continual Vocational Training and education of the employees in enterprises. The statistic constitutes a part of the strategic goal of long life learning., which is a central feature in EU's strategy to increase the competitiveness of European enterprises hen hence the economic growth.

Statistical presentation

The data collected in the CVTS surveys (CVTS = Continual Vocational Training Survey) describes the enterprises activities in relation to continuing vocational training in the enterprises. The variables are specified in The European Parliament and Council Regulation No 1552/2005. Primarily it concerns the various types of training artivities, time usage and costs involved in the activities as well as planning aspects. In relation to CVTS2006 some variables are not included in CVTS2011. A few variables have been removed in CVTS2016 and a few has been simplified when compared to CVTS2011. Special COVID-19 questions were included in CVTS2020.

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Statistical processing

Various procedures were conducted for data controlling and high quality. To assure consistency, answers which were not logic were checked and corrected by follow up by contact to the responding enterprises if necessary. Furthermore, an imputation on core variables was applied, the variables specified by Eurostat. A weighting procedure on 60 cells was applied (20 NACE categories and 3 size groups) in such a way that the sample was representative for the universe..

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The survey results are mainly of interest to persons engaged in the educational sector, educational institutions, ministries and business organizations.

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Accuracy and reliability

CVTS2006: Postal questionnaires supplemented with data from administrative registers. About 60 per cent of the returned questionnaires ended up being scanned and the rest were registered manually. The scanning of the questionnaire gave problems with the data quality for some questions, in particular concerning the questions on amounts of money, number of persons and hours. CVTS2011, CVTS2016 and CVTS2020: Web interviews in combination with telephone interviews supplemented with data from administrative registers. The survey questions about amounts of money, number of persons and hours etc. in particular gave problems with the data quality as these questions needed several persons to be involved.

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Timeliness and punctuality

  • CVTS3: Published: 4th quarter 2007.
  • CVTS4: Reference period: 2010. Published: 21st of Feburary 2014.
  • CVTS5: Reference period: 2015. Published: 21st of February 2019.
  • CVTS6: Reference period: 2020. Published: 28th of June 2022.

The period from the end of the reference period for CVTS until publication is mainly due to efforts carried out to increase response rate as well as data quality.

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Eurostat publish data for the EU-member states for CVTS. The results are comparable across the member states as the same guidelines have been applied. The guidelines was specified by EU.

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Accessibility and clarity

News from Statistics Denmark and the Statbank.

The CVTS results from all participating countries will be published by Eurostat on New Cronos statistical data base.

Some data from CVTS2006, CVTS2011, CVTS2016 and CVTS2020 are available from the statbank: CVTS - Statistikbanken.

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