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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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LIFE LONG LEARNING: Tutor Andrea Randle (left) hands mums Caroline Waller and Lisa Riley their Keeping Up With The Children certificates as other parents of pupils at Nathaniel Newton School look on
The training in city centre Bold Street is accredited by Merseyside Open College, and the course is funded by Liverpool Learning Partnership and supported by Liverpool Life Long Learning, the city council and the Methodist Church.
This partiality to life long learning is a very timely initiative considering the rate of change of technology and the increasing diversity of our profession.
Minister for Life Long Learning Henry McLeish is committed to encouraging more disadvantaged parents into further education.
of Labor's Life Long Learning Initiative," says Curtis Michel, IMTAS vice president of Operations.
The photo in the Ballet West Conservatory Life Long Learning ad [March, page 97] should have been credited to Steven Caras.
Sharpening mission focus promotes "life long learning," and challenges us to be the best we can be.
"The pupils become foresters for the day and learn about trees," said Clare Lowe, life long learning officer.