Training and Employment

The reasons why employees are not all equally attracted to vocational training

Publié le 1 juin 2006

The reasons why employees are not all equally attracted to vocational training

Christine Fournier

  • Training and Employment n°68
  • juin 2006

BESOIN EN FORMATION PROFESSIONNELLE, BNQ - BAS NIVEAU DE QUALIFICATION, FORMATION PROFESSIONNELLE, INEGALITE SOCIALE, SALAIRE, ENQUETE FC 2000, FRANCE

One third of all French employees undergo vocational training every year and at the same time, one quarter of the employees declare that their needs for vocational training have not been met. The picture reflected in these two figures shows that continuing vocational training does not come up to everybody’s expectations. Surprisingly, the least well qualified employees, who are the most highly exposed to labour market fluctuations, are those who express the least dissatisfaction although they are less highly trained. And yet it is for these very people that vocational training should surely play a particularly decisive role. This apparent lack of interest in vocational training is largely due to the fact that employees are not properly informed about the context, the goals and the possible advantages with which it is associated. If vocational training was explained more carefully to employees and if the advantages it can be expected to yield were set out more clearly, many people would no doubt begin to find it much more appealing.

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