Today, ROA publishes a new report on lifelong learning among three groups of workers with a vulnerable position on the labour market: flexworkers, lower educated workers and older workers. The report shows the low participation in formal and informal learning activities of these three groups of workers.
Employee and employer experiments are then used to measure employees’willingness to participate in training and employers’ willingness to invest in workers from these groups. The report shows that the lower training participation among lower educated employees is mainly due to the fact that lower educated workers are less willing to participate in training, whereas employers do not to distinguish between low-educated and highly educated individuals when selecting employees for training investments.
This is different for temporary workers. They are on average very willing to participate in training courses if they are given the opportunity. Employers, however, are much less willing to invest in workers with a temporary contract compared to those with a permanent contract. Permanent employees are 2.3 times more likely to receive training when compared to temporary workers without any prospects to receive a permanent contract. This suggests that employers are mainly responsible for the training gap of temporary workers.
Employers are also less likely to invest in older workers when compared to younger workers. However, older workers are also less willing to participate in training themselves. So in this case, the lower training participation seems to be a result of both low employer and employee preferences.
“The report ‘Leren onder groepen met een kwetsbare positie op de arbeidsmarkt’ is written by Annemarie Künn-Nelen, Davey Poulissen, Didier Fouarge, Peter van Eldert and Andries de Grip.”