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Vocational courses in Business and Administration saw the highest number of participants last year, according to the most recent survey by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC). A total of 20,271 participants joined these courses during the year, making up 30.8 per cent of all participants in vocational training courses, followed by Computing courses – at 12.5 per cent (8,223 participants), and Language courses – at 11 per cent (7,255 participants.)
A total of 51 institutions were offering vocational training courses last year, an increase of nine from the previous year.
The DSEC notes that the increase in the number of participants, up 9.6 per cent to 65,751, was due to people taking advantage of the Continuing Education Development Plan last year, ‘which was the last year of the Plan’s second phase.’
Of the total 1,718 vocational courses offered, 39.6 per cent, or 681, were organized for enterprises or institutions, by 19 training institutions, seeing a 1 per cent uptick in participants, to 24,514. Most of the attendees went to Business and Administration courses – at 45.8 per cent (11,229 participants) – and language courses – at 16.6 per cent (4,077).
Of the total participants in vocational training courses, 39.4 per cent were Public Administration workers, while 15.3 per cent were from the Gaming sector. Hotel employees made up 12.9 per cent of participants, while Financial Intermediation, Restaurants, and Wholesale and Retail Trade staff made up 2.2 per cent, 1.8 per cent and 1.5 per cent, respectively.
Courses lasting 10 to 19 hours attracted the highest percentage of participants, at 28.6 per cent, while those lasting less than 10 hours attracted 26.7 per cent of participants.
Those lasting over 70 hours received 9.1 per cent of participants, according to the data.