training funds as an impulse for new models of lifelong learning: Integrated
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
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).
of lifelong learning are further outlined in the final report (Uhrig
et al. 2000, pp. 11-14).
also project info on IFC.