ERIC Number: ED352444
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Towards a Learning Workforce: A Policy Discussion Paper on Adult Learners at Work.
There is widespread agreement in Great Britain that the work force must receive more skills training if the country is to be competitive in the future. Of special concern is the 70 percent of the work force who left school at the earliest possible opportunity, and the (overlapping) 70 percent of the work force who have not received training for a long time. Barriers to training are seen as lack of time, lack of money, and negative attitudes toward learning. Recommendations can be made to government, to employers, to training and enterprise councils, and to educational institutions to improve access to skills training for all workers. Recommendations offered in this paper include the following: (1) the government should support paid learning for 30 hours per year for all adults and grant them the right to an additional unpaid 30 hours per year for study; (2) government should require employers to spend a minimum amount on employee development programs; (3) government should support adults seeking to reenter the labor market; (4) employers should audit skills of their existing staff, analyze organizational needs, and offer more job training opportunities to employees, including part-time employees; and (5) educational institutions should provide more accessibility for classes and more flexible requirements for entry and program completion. (KC)
Descriptors: Continuing Education, Economic Development, Educational Needs, Educational Policy, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Labor Force Development, On the Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Skill Development, Technical Education, Technological Advancement, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)