ERIC Number: EJ1040193
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
The Economic Benefits of Adult Learning to Low-Qualified Young Adults: Do Participation and Qualification Decrease the Risk of Unemployment?
Knipprath, Heidi; De Rick, Katleen
Vocations and Learning, v7 n1 p101-120 Apr 2014
Policymakers worldwide consider participation in adult learning beneficial for employability, in particular for specific target groups. However, still little is known about the effect of adult learning pursued by low-qualified young adults on their employment prospects. On the basis of a Flemish longitudinal database, we study the determinants and effects of work-related adult learning and adult learning not related to work. We make a distinction between formal learning and informal learning and between enrolment duration and qualification attainment. We control for background characteristics, human capital, school leaving age and entry into the labor market and run two path models. The analysis results contradict the general observation that adult learning is primarily a matter of high-qualified people. Among the low-qualified, lack of human capital does not hamper but encourages participation in adult learning. In addition, gender differences exist in participation in adult learning with men participating more often in work-related adult learning and women being more likely to attain a qualification in adult learning not related to work. Finally, our results indicate that participation but not qualification attainment in adult learning has an impact on employment prospects for low-qualified young adults.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Learning, Young Adults, Unemployment, Participation, Qualifications, Employment Potential, Education Work Relationship, Informal Education, Human Capital, Gender Differences, Educational Attainment, Longitudinal Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium