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Bulgarians at 40-50 are more likely to study for a new profession

According to results obtained from an unrepresentative study of attitudes of participants in vocational training courses, made by the National Agency for Vocational Training and Education (NAPO), the most active participation in trainings for a profession have people aged between 40-49 years (34 percent), followed by the group of 30-39 year olds (29 percent), the NAPO reported.
Relatively underrepresented in the trainings are the youngest (16-29) and people aged 50-59. Women were more strongly (60 percent) represented among the group of learners than men (40 percent). The place of residence has a significant impact on the participation of people in learning activities. Those living in district towns have almost three times the share of participation (54 percent) than those living in small towns (18 percent), and five times the proportion of those in villages (9 percent). In the top places among the regional cities are Sofia - by 18 percent, Plovdiv - by 12 percent, and Burgas - by 11 percent.

The degree of education also affects participation in vocational training. With the highest proportion are people who have secondary education, nearly 60 per cent, followed by people who have higher education (33 per cent). Participation of people with primary and lower education has a low proportion (6 per cent). This makes the rate of participation in training for those with lower than secondary education five times lower than that of graduates and 10 times lower than that of high school graduates.

One third of the participants in the consultation were informed about the vocational training centre in which they are being trained by the Labour Bureau. Employers were the source of information in 12 per cent of cases.

Statistics of NAPO show that out of nearly 1000 licensed vocational training centers in Bulgaria, only 43 are state. Almost 80,000 Bulgarians underwent qualification and retraining courses last year, and every fifth of them received a certificate for a new profession, according to the National Agency for Vocational Education and Training. And in 2020, there is still a great interest in courses for acquiring a degree of professional qualification in professions in the field of informatics, clothing production, construction and beauty services. In the short courses (for training in part of the profession) most people are trained in the professions of security guard, auto transport fitter and mechanic of lifting equipment.

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