Findings showing social mobility as significant barrier to learning welcomed by UKCES

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Written on 18 June 2015 in News
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New research published by the National Institute of Adult continuing Education (NIACE) highlighting social mobility as a key barrier to continued learning has been welcomed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES)

A new report from the National Institute of Adult continuing Education (NIACE) highlighting social mobility as a key barrier to continued learning has been welcomed by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

Findings in the NIACE Participation in Learning survey show that while 54 per cent of those in higher socio–economic classes have taken part in learning during the past three years, just 35 per cent of skilled manual workers have done so.

For unskilled workers and those on limited incomes the figure falls to just over a quarter (26 per cent).

The survey also found a decline in the numbers of unemployed people having taken part in learning during the same timeframe – falling by seven per cent to just more than a third (35 per cent).

Vicki Belt, assistant director of UKCES, said: “These findings are concerning, and show that there is much room for improvement when it comes to participation in learning, and the development of new skills – especially among those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“The figures also point to a further concern that those currently not in work are also not getting opportunities to improve and develop their skills.

“The result is a dangerous Catch-22 – such individuals may be unable to find work as a result of a lack of skills, yet simultaneously unable to maximise opportunities to develop the abilities and experience they need.”

 

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