ERIC Number: ED389907
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Gateway to Learning: Empowering Individuals?
Salveson, Paul; And Others
Gateway to Learning is a British government initiative that aims to provide new guidance opportunities for adults through a voucher system. In Leeds (England), Gateway to Learning services are targeted toward the following groups: long-term unemployed; short-term unemployed; people facing redundancy; and Asian communities. The program's effectiveness was evaluated by interviewing a sample of 154 individuals (57% female, 23% Asian, 81% unemployed) eligible for Gateway services. Of those interviewed, 110 individuals had used Gateway services and 44 (28%) had not. Many unemployed Gateway clients expressed very positive views and considered it better than services such as job clubs. Respondents with learning difficulties and individuals from professional/managerial backgrounds felt that targeted provision would be helpful. Respondents learned about Gateway to Learning from both formal and informal sources, and approximately half wanted general educational and career counseling. The Gateway card/voucher caused a high level of confusion and some antagonism; however, a substantial minority of respondents felt that the card gave them a sense of belonging and self-confidence in confronting "the system." Many respondents felt that Gateway guidance had changed their horizons, and 75% said they would use the service again. Eleven recommendations for improving the program were presented. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Career Guidance, Counseling Effectiveness, Counseling Services, Educational Vouchers, Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, Participant Satisfaction, Pilot Projects, Program Improvement, Tables (Data)
Department of Adult Continuing Education, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, England, United Kingdom.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Leeds Univ. (England). Dept. of Adult and Continuing Education.
Identifiers: Empowerment; England (Leeds)