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ERIC Number: EJ871084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
Investment in Skills Must Be for the Long Term
Field, John
Adults Learning, v20 n10 p16-17 Jun 2009
Since the 1980s, researchers have formed a much better understanding of how unemployment scars people's lives, not just in the short term, but sometimes for years ahead. Researchers differ on the details, but no one disagrees that the negative effects are serious and long term. In the recession of the 1980s, government schemes to improve people's skills often provoked hostility and resentment among those who took part in them. In this article, the author stresses the need to avoid creating a generation of people condemned to a life of poverty and depression and do better this time around. He suggests one obvious pointer for policy: education and qualifications do matter for people who are unemployed, and pay off not just in the short term but through the life course. He argues that, in a crisis-hit knowledge economy, people need to explore imaginative and radical proposals for combining work and learning, and they need to look ahead, to ensure that the recession is used to invest wisely in long-term skills and capabilities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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