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Improving Incentives to Learning in the Workplace

Grant reference: L139251005

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TLRP: Learning careers: conceptualizing lifelong work-based learning
In the current UK policy context, work-based learning and lifelong learning are seen as closely related. Despite the rather broader rhetoric of the introduction to the Learning Age White Paper (DfEE, 1998), both are primarily seen as necessary parts of the government’s strategy to increase employability and economic competitiveness. They are central to the concerns of the new Learning and Skills Council. More generally, increasing awareness of the significance of informal learning (Coffield, 2000) as part of lifelong learning has resulted in more attention being paid to learning in work. Yet there is very little research or theorizing about what lifelong work-base learning might look like in what some describe as late-modernity. Yet simple, linear, job for life trajectories, that are often assumed to have been the norm in earlier times, are credible only in a minority of cases (Arthur et al, 1999; Collin and Young, 2000). This chapter draws in a longitudinal study of 16- to 19-year-olds, and examines the concept of ‘learning career’ as one possible way to advance our thinking.
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Author P Hodkinson

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