According to figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), the Netherlands ranks among the EU top 5 with highest participation rates in lifelong learning, i.e. enrolment in education or training by people aged 25 to 64. 

Among Dutch survey respondents aged 25 to 64, nearly 18 percent (an equivalent of 1.6 million people) stated they received education or training for either work of personal reasons in 2014. This share puts the Netherlands in the top of EU countries with highest participation rates in ‘lifelong learning’.

Within the European Union, 11 percent of people aged 25 to 64 received education or training in 2014. The target of 12.5 percent set by the European Commission for the year 2010 was therefore not met, even by 2014. The Netherlands has set its own target of 20 percent taking education or training by the year 2020.

Highest participation rate among highly educated 

In 2014, the Netherlands had a relatively larger share of highly educated persons taking training or education than less educated. This is partly related to their professions: medical specialists, lawyers and teachers for example more often face developments in their work which make extra training necessary or even compulsory. Most extra training is received by people working in financial services. 


‘Lifelong learning’ is an essential element in our career development plans'

Working people mainly learn to improve work performance

More employed than unemployed people indicate they are enrolled in education or training. Their main reasons for doing so are to upgrade their professional skills and enhance their career prospects. People who have taken long-term work-related training are relatively more successful in receiving promotion or higher salaries compared to those taking short-term training.

The ROYAL NIOZ and ‘lifelong learning’

‘Lifelong learning’ is an essential element in our career development plans. On top of actively monitoring scientific efforts and improving research competences we organise master classes, arrange trainings and courses and support your professional growth in personal career programs. 


'Stimulate the broad professional and career development of early career researchers'


Special support Masters & Postdocs

The Royal NIOZ supports the Marine Masters National Science Program, an initiative that aims to support multidisciplinary programs that integrate marine physics, marine (bio)chemistry, marine (micro)biology and marine geology.

We also support the goals of the Postdoc Career Development Initiative (PCDI) in the Netherlands. The goal of the PCDI is to stimulate the broad professional and career development of early career researchers who (are about to) have a PhD.  

Read the full CBS article here. For the Dutch version, click here.