Lifelong Learning Participation Among Adults Report

10 May 2017 

Lifelong Learning Participation Among Adults Paper                                  SLMRU

One of the key targets set out by the Action Plan for Education (September 2016) includes an ambition to increase Ireland’s lifelong learning participation rate to 10% by 2020 and to 15% by 2025. The EU has also set a lifelong learning target of 15% by 2020. This paper aims to monitor Ireland’s progress toward these targets; its findings are based on an analysis of two separate but related data sources. First, results from the CSO’s Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) are used to estimate the extent of lifelong learning participation in Ireland and to provide a profile of lifelong learning participants. Secondly, data from the EU’s statistical office, Eurostat, is used to show how Ireland compares internationally in terms of lifelong learning participation rates. It is important to note that the two data sets are not directly comparable as the QNHS data is a quarterly figure based on quarter 4 2016, while the Eurostat figure is an annual average with the latest available at the time of writing being 2015.


Life Long Learning