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lifelong learning

part of the UK NEW LABOUR education agenda. This broad policy can be traced back to ‘lifetime learning’, originally proposed by the Conservative government (DFEE 1996). It stems from the conviction that a post-industrial society requires a more highly educated and skilled workforce, with greater flexibility; that a KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY requires higher levels of education (although this has been disputed – see CREDENTIALISM). A further assumption is workers must be prepared for more frequent CAREER changes as lifelong careers can no longer be expected. see also LEARNING SOCIETY.

A distinction can be drawn between ‘mature students’ entering education for the first time (an aspect of WIDENING PARTICIPATION – see also ACCESS) and those learners who are already well-qualified who are updating their knowledge, skills and qualifications (i.e. professional development).

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The one-day-a-week course, which includes working in a nursery, playgroup or creche, runs on Fridays at Stoke Aldermoor Community Centre, Acorn Street, on Wednesdays at the Life Long Learning Centre, Deedmore Road, Wood End and on Thursdays at Wyken Community Centre, Westmorland Road, Wyken.
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The Ministers discussed the need for indicators on issues such as life long learning and quality in work, to enable comparison between Member States.
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