Continuing education

This refers to professional and company-based training. The aim is to maintain and expand an employee's professional skills and to promote career advancement.
In some professions, e.g. in schools or in medical therapy, continuing professional education is seen as essential and the license to practice is linked to regular attendance at continuing professional education events. In other professions, continuing professional education is necessary in order to be able to assert oneself against competitors. Continuing professional education also includes the acquisition of additional qualifications.
With the increasing ageing of the workforce due to demographic developments, in-company training for older employees is increasingly becoming the focus of attention.
In principle, continuing vocational training is a voluntary effort on the part of the employee, for which he or she must bear the costs himself or herself, but in which the employer often also contributes, e.g. in the form of financial subsidies and/or paid leave of absence.
The costs of in-company training, however, are fully borne by the employer.

See also: Human capital; Know-how; Motivation; Demographic change; Employee competence; E-learning

Reference to QET criteria: Q03 Leadership; Q04 Employees; Q07 Human resources management; Q17 Learning organisation; E13 50plus; E16 Training and further education

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