Selectivity in access to public, firm and self-financed training

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Conference Paper


BHPS-2009 Conference: the 2009 British Household Panel Survey Research Conference, 9-11 July 2009, Colchester, UK


Publication date

June 1, 2009


Vocational Training is an important part of a strategy of life long learning. Beside the individuals, the state and non-state actors may be involved in financing training. This paper analyses if there is any selectivity in access to further training, distinguishing also public - firm - and self-financed training. Therefore as a first step - the paper provides an analysis of the probability of individuals in attending vocational training. As a second step the probability of being supported by the state (resp. unemployment insurance), supported by firms or have to (and are able to) finance training by themselves is estimated. The analysis is carried out utilizing the longitudinal structure of the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS). The probit estimations are based on socioeconomic variables like level of education, household characteristics etc. derived from this data source. Additionally the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2004 (IMD 2004) is used for this estimates. The results of the estimates show quiet clear effects. One important factor is the labour market status in the current year: While - compared to inactive individuals - the probability of participation in further vocational training is significant higher for dependent employees as well as for the unemployed; self-employment only leads to a significant higher probability to participate in self-financed job related training. Also an important factor is education: The higher the qualification already achieved the higher the probability of participating in further vocational training in the future. Last but not least individuals living in a most deprived area (lowest decile) have a clear positive significant higher probability to receive public fees to finance the job related training.






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