Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Ceisteanna (285)

Billy Kelleher

Ceist:

285. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the participation rate here in lifelong learning in each of the years 2014 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the EU average rate for same based on latest data in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12754/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Education)

The latest comparable (EU 28 vs Ireland) data is the annual average for 2018. The data for 2018 is provisional and there is no data available for 2019 at this point.

In quarter 3 2017, the CSO introduced a new Labour Force Survey (LFS) which replaced the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS). This move involved a number of changes in how the survey is carried out, including, among others, the introduction of computer assisted telephone interviewing, a modernised questionnaire, updated population estimates from Census 2016, and revised sample allocation.

A break in series has occurred in the lifelong learning data following these modifications: as a result, it is not possible to accurately compare data for some variables before and after quarter 3 2017.

The following table shows the percentage rate for Ireland’s participation in adult lifelong learning for the years 2014 – 2018.

GEO/TIME

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

EU 28

10.8

10.7

10.8

10.9

11.1

Ireland

7.0

6.5

6.5

9.0

12.8

Source: Eurostat (date extracted: 12.03.2019)

The target as the lifelong learning participation rate for 2025 is 18%.