Adult Education Survey (AES) Adult Education Survey (AES)

Description of dataset

The Adult Education Survey (AES) is a household survey which is part of the EU Statistics on lifelong learning. People living in private households are interviewed about their participation in education and training activities (formal, non-formal and informal learning). The target population of the survey is composed of people aged 25 to 64.

The survey takes place every five years and its results are published on Eurostat website. Furthermore, the microdata that are collected can be used in research projects to study participation in lifelong learning (analyses using sociodemographic characteristics such as country of residence, individual and household characteristics, work context, etc...).

Available waves of the survey

A) 2007 AES (pilot survey)

The first wave of the survey, 2007 AES (also called ‘pilot survey') was carried out between 2005 and 2008 in 29 countries, either Member States of the European Union, candidate countries or countries of the European Free Trade Area. This pilot exercise was set up within a common EU framework including a standard questionnaire, tools and quality reporting. The reference year was set at 2007.

The 2007 AES anonymised microdata can be accessed via CD-Rom including the following 26 national datasets out of the 29 countries which implemented the survey: BE, BG, CZ, DK, DE, EE, EL, ES, FR, HR, IT, CY, LV, LT, HU, NL, AT, PL, PT, RO, SI, SK, FI, SE, UK and NO. The total net sample size for the 26 countries is about 183 000 individuals.

Ireland, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Iceland did not take part in the 2007 AES data collection. Although Malta, Switzerland and Turkey implemented the survey, the data from these three countries have been excluded from the anonymised dataset because the national authorities did not allow for this dissemination.

B) 2011 AES

After the first pilot exercise, the Adult Education Survey is run under a legal basis: Framework Regulation (EC) 452/2008, which makes it a compulsory European survey.

Therefore the second AES data colletion, 2011 AES took place in 2011 and 2012. It was the first to be run under the Framework Regulation and it was implemented by the Commission Regulation (EC) 823/2010.

The anonymised 2011 AES microdata are available on CD-Rom including the national datasets of  30 countries which implemented the survey: BE, BG, CZ, DK, DE, EE, IE, EL, ES, FR, IT, CY, LV, LT, LU, HU, MT, NL, AT, PL, PT, RO, SI, SK, FI, SE, UK, NO, CH and RS (Republic of Serbia).

Croatia, Iceland and Liechtenstein did not take part in the 2011 AES data collection. Turkey implemented a survey on adult education in 2012 but the data are not available in the AES format yet.

The total net sample size for the 30 countries listed above is about 225 000 individuals: some national samples include individuals aged less than 25 or more than 64 and were kept in the final database.

Another wave should be carried out in 2016.

Used classifications in the survey

AES uses classifications, which are generally used in the European Statistical System. Classifications related to education follow the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED97 in both 2007 AES and 2011 AES), and classifications related to occupation follow International Standard Classification of Occupation (ISCO98 in 2007 AES and ISCO08 in 2011 AES) and economic activities use Statistical classification of economic activities in the European Community (NACE Rev.1.1 in 2007 AES and NACE Rev. 2 in 2011 AES).