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Table SA23. Standard errors for table A23: Percentage of participants in formal work-related courses who reported various results of participation and the usefulness of skills and knowledge learned for their work or career, by type of instructional provider, topic of course, and reasons of participation: 2002–03
Type of instructional provider,
topic of instruction, reasons of
participation, delivery method,
and employer support
Results of participation in formal courses   Usefulness of skills
or knowledge for job or career
Improved
existing
skills
Learned
new skills
Increased
employability
in the labor
market
Improved
ability to
advance
in career
Obtained
new job or
changed
jobs
Made more
money
  Useful or
very useful
Somewhat
useful or
not too
useful
Have not
used skills
yet
Total 0.47 0.77 0.73 1.04 0.60 0.84   0.78 0.86 0.13
Type of instructional provider                    
Employer 0.74 1.17 0.99 1.44 0.83 1.11   1.02 1.24 0.13
Postsecondary institution 1.19 1.90 2.03 2.18 1.52 1.88   2.17 1.87 0.49
Business or industry 0.86 2.19 2.10 1.93 1.66 2.00   1.85 1.70 0.26
Government agency 2.30 2.95 3.18 3.67 2.01 2.24   3.21 2.68 1.14
Professional association or organization 0.99 2.12 2.12 2.00 1.35 1.85   1.76 1.59 0.19
Other 1.64 3.00 3.11 3.30 1.55 2.18   3.47 3.06 0.10
Topic of instruction                    
Business 1.00 1.40 1.28 1.48 0.83 1.41   1.23 1.28 0.21
Computer science 1.21 1.93 1.79 1.98 1.37 1.50   1.98 1.64 0.24
Education 0.81 2.27 2.45 2.51 1.47 1.78   2.11 2.55 0.26
Health 1.11 2.17 2.11 2.38 1.31 1.51   1.46 1.56 0.33
Science 2.38 2.77 3.23 2.96 1.20 1.95   2.34 2.46 0.04
Social sciences and services 1.29 3.93 3.85 4.16 1.12 2.22   4.07 3.36 0.26
Vocational trades 1.60 2.38 2.49 3.19 2.27 2.52   2.50 2.73 0.31
Other 1.22 2.21 1.90 2.01 1.80 2.34   1.72 1.66 0.42
Reasons for participating                    
To maintain and improve skills 0.41 0.85 0.77 1.02 0.58 0.88   0.78 0.87 0.13
To obtain new skills 0.45 0.65 0.87 1.06 0.69 0.98   0.86 0.89 0.16
To advance in or change job or career 0.81 1.26 1.26 1.40 1.86 1.99   1.60 1.50 0.29
To obtain/keep state/industry certificate 0.64 1.28 1.35 1.66 1.19 1.34   1.38 1.34 0.33
Because employer required/ recommended 0.67 1.02 1.05 1.38 0.77 1.07   0.95 1.09 0.16
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Adult Education for Work-Related Reasons Survey of the 2003 National Household Education Surveys Program.

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