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New Tricks: Innovative approaches to lifelong learning

Big cuts to adult skills budgets since 2010 mean UK workers are falling behind their European counterparts when it comes to building new skills for the changing world of work.


New Tricks sets out five ways the UK can establish a genuine lifelong learning culture and rise up the league table. These lessons are inspired by innovative approaches to lifelong learning in Singapore, Germany, Australia, Austria and France. The report argues the UK government should:

  1. Extend its national retraining scheme to include every sector
  2. Look again at individual learning accounts after abandoning them sixteen years ago
  3. Establish a new employment insurance to cover living costs during training
  4. Introduce a right to request training leave after a year of employment and a mandatory career interview every two years
  5. Invite the Labour party to take part in cross-party talks on establishing a lifelong learning strategy for the next two decades
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The risks of failing to establish a lifelong learning culture

14 December 2017

We must abandon the widely held belief that education and training is something for young people, writes Cameron Tait...


Cameron Tait

Cameron Tait is head of the Changing Work Centre and senior research fellow at the Fabian Society.


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