Department of Family and Community Services

6.1 Work-related learning

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Participation in structured work-related learning in the last 12 months by employed people

Current position

NSW working women aged 15 to 64 years undertake work-related training slightly more frequently than men – 34 percent in the past 12 months in 2011, compared with 31 percent of men (see Figure 3.16).

Gender gap

  • Women’s participation in work-related training is 3 percentage points higher than men.
The direction of
change over time
From 2007 to 2011 the participation levels have varied and as such show no trend. From 2007 to 2009 men had a higher participation rate than women, which has more recently turned in favour of women (see Figure 3.16).
Discussion More research would be needed to determine systematic differences between women and men’s engagement in work-related learning, including examination of the length and type of course. The last available ABS data (Survey of Education and Training, 2009) shows a similar percentage of people involved in work-related learning nationally (around 30 percent) with men slightly more likely to participate than women.

Structured work-related learning in the HILDA survey are courses that are planned in advance and have explicit attendance and assessment criteria.

Year collected: 2007 to 2011.
Data source: HILDA survey, Waves 7-11, 2007 to 2011. More information is available at www.melbourneinstitute.com/hilda/ and www.fahcsia.gov.au

Figure 3.16 Participation in work-related learning by sex, 2007 to 2011

Fig 3.16

Note: Structured work-related learning is defined as courses that are planned in advance and have explicit attendance and assessment criteria.
Population: People aged 15 to 64 years who are currently employed, or have been employed during the last 12 months.
Source: HILDA survey, Waves 7-11, 2007 to 2011.