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Title IFC
Further training funds as an impulse for new models of lifelong learning: Integrated funding concepts
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Concept Trends Findings Practice Challenge
Synopsis If the concept of a learning society is to become a reality, and if the European states are to develop a knowledge based, flexible and competitive economy then lifelong learning must become the norm both for those who are economically active and for those who are excluded from the labour market. This requires investment from all parties, employers, individuals and government.  If the needs of the excluded are not incorporated and integrated with the needs of employers and the economy then there will continue to be a segmented learning market within which opportunities and rewards will not be available to all.
    The applied model of lifelong learning assumes that public sector provision of education and training is concentrated on the unemployment while the private sector provision is focused on the employed, particularly on the relatively highly skilled. The distance between these two groups is referred to as the learning gap. This gap represents the area where public sector provision has tailed off and the private sector do not prioritise the individuals in this area to such an extent that they are prepared to invest in their training and development.  For lifelong learning to be a reality the two triangles need to be brought closer together so individuals can move seamlessly along the hypothetical lifelong learning line (Uhrig et al. 2000, pp. 11, 13).
Reference Aspects of lifelong learning are further outlined in the final report (Uhrig et al. 2000, pp. 11-14). 
See also project info on IFC.
Descriptors D-CVT  EP00          E05a
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