European differences in lifelong learning

The different participation rates among European countries may be related to differences in their education systems or their specific education and labour policy. For example, Finland’s relatively high participation rate in lifelong learning is partly due to its education system, mainly consisting of general education up to the age of 16; as a result, there is more training in specific professional skills after this age. On the other hand, a considerably lower participation rate in lifelong learning is seen in Germany, where vocational training is offered already at secondary education level.