Five Year Strategy for Children and Learners
document, published in July 2004,stated:
' Lifelong learning is at the heart of our agenda. By this we mean learning across thewhole of life – not just post-19 or post-16 learning, but the development of learning communities from the cradle to the grave. Skills and learning are not just about economic goals. They are also about the pleasure of learning for its own sake, thedignity of self-improvement and the achievement of personal potential'.
The subsequent e-learning strategy document –
Harnessing Technology: Transforming Learning and Children’s Services
(March 2005) details the way ICT and electronic learningtechnology, in the form of personal on-line learning spaces and e-portfolios, could supportcontinuing learning. The objective is for these to be accessed, developed and usedthroughout education, the workplace and lifelong learning:
Lifelong Learning Networks will eventually allow learners to advance their skills asthey move between further and higher education and the workplace.’
Lifelong Learning UK is the Sector Skills Council for the post-16 training and educationsector workforce.There seem to be three motivations for learning in the non-formal learning phases of life:1.Maintaining employment in a job market where there is no longer a ‘job for life’. Thisoften involves skills acquisition and development and may occur within a company aspart of its employee Career Development Strategy or be undertaken by individualsoutside their work environment.
On-the-job learning within the business organisation undertaken by individuals as partof their job. Much of this learning is Informal Learning. Cross (2003) states thatInformal Learning accounts for 80% of all learning. Control and responsibility for thislearning lies with the individual learner. Learning takes place through a diverse rangeof activities:
Trial and error
Working with others in teams.3.Learning for pleasure or interest. This may be stimulated by a leisure interest or pursuit e.g. painting or a visit to a museum or art gallery etc. It may be accomplishedby individual research, communication in groups with a common interest, or byattending short courses.The expansion of courses leading to Certificates of Higher Education offered by the Universityof Leicester, among others, under the umbrella of Lifelong Learning, bears witness to theinvestment universities are making in this area. The ability to study in a flexible way offersbenefit to learners who study alongside work and family commitments. The development of the University of the Third Age offers learning activities directed at older learners.