Continuous improvement are important for every company and hence also for employees. Depending on the field, being state of the art is an important issue (f.e. due to security reasons and regulations). In such cases, it is necessary that employees are proactive in training their competences and therefore ideally act independently. Not only regarding those sectors, continuous improvement is important, but also regarding personal development and career opportunities, the ability to learn and qualify one’s self independently is a key factor.

This paper deals with the question of how learning competence could be defined and what advantages it entail for employers and employees. Therefore, a study was conducted, which shows the employee perspective on the topic. The results are furthermore compared to various other studies as well as current literature.