Training, Work and Lifelong Learning
In a context of rapid social, economic and technological change, training for work and ongoing employment is a major challenge. This involves consideration of the relationship between general and vocational elements in the educational systems and the relationship between learning in schools and in workplaces.
In recent years these questions have been reframed to take in a lifelong learning perspective. Lifelong learning policies and programmes are aimed at creating opportunities for learners to acquire knowledge and skills that enable them to adapt to changes in the workplace, and to participate fully in society.
Which groups of learners are excluded from opportunities for lifelong learning, and what are the consequences?
Are there policies and programmes which are more successful than others in encouraging learning over the lifetime?
What role do mechanisms, such as guidance policies, play in the transitions between training and professional life?
How might we assess the social effects of lifelong learning policies?