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ERIC Number: ED509901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
Innovation Strategies for a New System of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning: The Challenge of Today and the Vision for Tomorrow
Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (NJ1)
There is widespread agreement among policymakers, researchers and economists that in order for regions, states and the nation to compete in the new global economy, workers need to be educated, highly skilled, and ready to learn and adapt to the changing world. Such a workforce will enable greater innovation, higher quality, and the ability to respond quickly to a changing world. The cost of inaction on this would be great--and not just for business and industry. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) has observed a number of trends in workforce development--particularly from its work with employers. The range of new trends and strategies that have emerged in recent years is encouraging. However, the pace of change is slow and the impact of even the best ideas and strategies has been on a very small scale. The workforce development arena is in need of a different kind of infusion--of energy, resources, and ideas--that can be transformative in a way that nations have only experienced a handful of times in the past, for example, with innovations such as online learning programs or the G.I. Bill. This nation is in need of new strategies that, when taken to scale, create ripples of change in terms of how this arena operates. CAEL and INC (Innovation Network for Communities) have intended this paper to be the start of a national conversation about innovation in workforce development and lifelong learning. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Kellogg Foundation
Authoring Institution: Council for Adult and Experiential Learning