|Table A18. Percentage of employed participants in formal work-related courses who reported each level of usefulness of the skills and knowledge learned for their job or career, by type of instructional provider, topic of instruction, and reason for participation: 2004-05|
|Type of instructional provider, topic of instruction, and reason for participation||Very useful||Useful||Somewhat useful||Not too useful|
|Type of instructional provider|
|Business or industry||68.4||32.4||22.9||7.7|
|Professional association or organization||70.6||35.2||24.5||7.9|
|Topic of instruction|
|Social sciences and services||73.1||41.9||19.2||11.0|
|Vocational trades||94.7||20.1 !||7.8 !||15.9 !|
|Reason for participation|
|To maintain/improve skills or knowledge||69.7||32.0||22.6||7.0|
|To learn new skills or methods||70.2||32.7||23.0||7.8|
|To get raise or advance in job or career||78.7||28.4||20.1||4.4|
|To change job or career||68.7||22.1||20.5||13.4|
|To obtain/keep state, industry, or company license||75.2||31.9||23.0||8.9|
|Employer required course3||70.2||33.8||23.7||8.4|
! Interpret with caution. Standard error is more than one-half the estimate.
1 Employer overrode other types of instructional providers; see the glossary for more detail on instructional provider.
2 This category includes courses in basic education, personal awareness/improvement, and physical education/leisure.
3 Includes only adults who worked in the past 12 months and were not self-employed only.
NOTE: This table includes only adults who worked at any time in the past 12 months. The estimates in this table were based on information that was collected on up to four work-related courses taken in the 12 months prior to the interview. If an adult took more than four courses, four were sampled for data collection. Detail may sum to greater than 100 percent because participants may have taken more than one course.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Adult Education Survey of the 2005 National Household Education Surveys Program.