Adult education survey - AES- 2012

Dernière mise à jour le : 24/10/2016

Présentation de l'opération

Organisme producteur :

Insee - Dares 

Type d'opération :


Objectifs :

The 2012 Adult education survey (AES) is ruled by a European regulation, the implementation of which is supervised by Eurostat. Most of all, the survey aims at measuring the access of adult to education and training, according to the harmonized concepts of formal education (leading to a diploma, including academic tuition) or non-formal education (non-degree training courses). These concepts were defined at European level in order to allow comparisons between Member States. Education or training, formal or informal, professional or not, are defined by the intention to learn, the organization and the intervention of a teacher or a trainer.

The survey also aims at characterizing the education or training received (level, field, duration) and to know the reasons for participation or non participation.
Socio-demographic variables (age, sex, degree obtained, situation on the labor market ...) ensure to conduct analyses differentiated by type of public.

Thèmes abordés :

In addition to access of adults to training and the characteristics of the training undertaken, other topics are surveyed, including the sources of information, the obstacles met, the professional context for the training, the balance between training and work and the short-term profits expected by participants.

The survey also includes activities undertaken in order to form or increase their knowledge (informal learning), but without any intervention of a trainer.

Champ de l'opération

Champ géographique :

Metropolitan France

Champ(s) statistique(s) couvert(s) :

18 to 64 year-old people, living in ordinary housings. Only one person per household is interviewed.

Caractéristiques techniques

Unité statistique enquêtée :

The units surveyed are people living in ordinary housings. 

Périodicité de l'opération :

The frequency envisaged is 4 to 5 years.

Période et mode de collecte :

The survey was conducted face-to-face by the Insee’s specialized team, from April to June 2012.

Historique :

While the 2006 survey was the French declination of a pilot AES survey, the 2012 survey is based on a Community Regulation which specifies the variables to be sent to Eurostat and the survey period, the scope and the minimum accuracy required for some indicators.
The 2012 questionnaire aims at better understanding of training concepts as defined at European level. Furthermore, some amendments have been integrated to the questionnaire in order to ensure a better description of course content and a better understanding of the expectations of individuals or of the obstacles to education or training.
In 2006, the survey on vocational training took the form of an additional survey to the employment survey.
In 2012, the survey was carried out on a specific sample, in accordance with European guidelines.

Because of its protocol and questionnaire, the 2012 AES survey is clearly different from previous surveys on vocational training and previous french labor force surveys. Comparing the results of the Adult education survey such as annual access rate with those of 2000 or 2006 surveys does not appear relevant.

Plan de sondage :

The sample consists in 20,000 ordinary housings, It was sampled within the population census. In the end, 13,857 people answered on the various training courses followed during the twelve months preceding the survey (maximum 3 courses were sampled for each person).

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