ERIC Number: ED359391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
The Learning Imperative. National Education and Training Targets and Adult Learners. A NIACE Policy Discussion Paper.
National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
This paper promotes the adoption of the lifetime learning targets that form part of National Education and Training Targets (NETTS) for Lifetime Learning in the United Kingdom. Section 1 defines NETTs as goals for levels of participation in education and training. Section 2 considers the characteristics and current profile of adult learners. Section 3 identifies challenges to be overcome if there is to be a greater commitment to education and training, if individuals are to undertake more learning, and if current nonparticipants are to be attracted into education and training during adulthood. Employment issues considered include the priority given to training and development, investment in training for older workers, core and peripheral workers, and the self-employed. Issues are identified that affect participation in education and training of significant groups presently underrepresented in programs. The section concludes by identifying structural challenges relating to the provision of education and training: curricular/sectoral boundaries, student support, access to guidance, the qualifications jungle, access to assessment, and appropriately skilled staff. Section 4 describes current initiatives that seek to overcome the educational concerns and other difficulties in expanding learning activity. Section 5 outlines 10 steps for achievement of NETTs. Section 6 refines the issues identified into a set of general recommendations and a set of key short-term actions which should be taken by particular players. Contains 69 references. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Learning, Education Work Relationship, Educational Development, Employer Employee Relationship, Foreign Countries, Human Capital, Job Skills, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Learning Motivation, Lifelong Learning, School Business Relationship, Student Participation
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 19B De Montford Street, Leicester LE1 7GE, England, United Kingdom (4.95 pounds).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom