Making ‘good’ choices: the impact of entitlement models on up-skilling later in life – NCVER

By Cain Polidano, Justin van de Ven and  Sarah Voitchovsky DESCRIPTION Understanding the responsiveness of ‘older’ workers — those aged 25-54 years — to government subsidies for up-skilling is important in developing policies that can support people in obtaining skills later in life. The particular focus for this report is the first round of Victorian demand-driven … [Read More] Making ‘good’ choices: the impact of entitlement models on up-skilling later in life – NCVER

Participation in job-related training in European countries: the impact of skill supply and demand characteristics – Journal of Education & Training

ABSTRACT Ageing populations and accelerating economic change make it increasingly important to update the skill levels of populations over the whole life course. Adult education is believed to allow adults’ skills to adapt continuously to constantly changing economic requirements. Both research into adult education, and discussions on lifelong learning policies have been dominated by a … [Read More] Participation in job-related training in European countries: the impact of skill supply and demand characteristics – Journal of Education & Training

Investing in skills pays off: the economic and social cost of low-skilled adults in the EU – CEDEFOP

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY – Extract Low skilled adults represent a vulnerable segment of the population. Evidence shows that being low skilled is often associated with a set of negative consequences both at the individual and social level: lower earnings and employment rates, lower quality of health, wellbeing and life satisfaction, lower civic and social engagement, higher … [Read More] Investing in skills pays off: the economic and social cost of low-skilled adults in the EU – CEDEFOP

Inclusive financial literacy education for inspiring a critical financial consciousness: an experiment in partnership with marginalised youth – International Journal of Inclusive Education

ABSTRACT In the absence of critical inquiry, traditional financial literacy education risks socialising economically marginalised groups into an acceptance of the very power structures that created their marginalisation in the first place. The instructor-facilitator seeking to confront the challenge of promoting critical thinking about a subject widely accepted to be factual and esoteric faces considerable … [Read More] Inclusive financial literacy education for inspiring a critical financial consciousness: an experiment in partnership with marginalised youth – International Journal of Inclusive Education

Learning and skills can tackle poverty and productivity (UK) – Learning & Work Institute

SUMMARY A report released today by Learning & Work Institute, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF)shows how tackling skills gaps can help to reduce poverty and improve life chances and calls for urgent action to support millions of adults improve their English and Maths Some 9 million adults have low literacy, numeracy or both, limiting their … [Read More] Learning and skills can tackle poverty and productivity (UK) – Learning & Work Institute

EVENT – Getting of wisdom: Learning in later life: International Exchange and Conferences (2017): A unique collaboration between researchers in Europe, Australia & New Zealand – Adult Learning Australia

Ballarat, Melbourne or Wellington, February 2017 The Irish playwright, George Bernard Shaw wrote that “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility of our future.” We have taken the Getting of Wisdom theme from a 1910 novel by Ethel Richardson (who also wrote as a male, Henry Handel … [Read More] EVENT – Getting of wisdom: Learning in later life: International Exchange and Conferences (2017): A unique collaboration between researchers in Europe, Australia & New Zealand – Adult Learning Australia

The ‘transferable skills’ paradigm is cover for the creation of transferable people – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Extract from an article by Nina Power The increasingly precariousness of contemporary employment, as well as the demands placed upon education by governments, management and employers have meant that transferable skills – or really, the ability to move between various forms of insecure employment at short notice – are a cover story for the creation of … [Read More] The ‘transferable skills’ paradigm is cover for the creation of transferable people – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Cross-occupational skill transferability: challenges and opportunities in a changing economy – NCVER

SUMMARY Industries, and the occupations encompassed by them, are susceptible to many influences, such as fluctuations in the Australian dollar, trade agreements and the emergence of new technologies and ways of working. A recent example of these changes is the decline of the auto manufacturing industry in Australia; closures in this industry have resulted in … [Read More] Cross-occupational skill transferability: challenges and opportunities in a changing economy – NCVER

Skills Matter: Further results from the survey of adult skills – OECD iLibrary

In the wake of the technological revolution that began in the last decades of the 20th century, labour market demand for information-processing and other high-level cognitive and interpersonal skills is growing substantially. The Survey of Adult Skills, a product of the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), was designed to provide … [Read More] Skills Matter: Further results from the survey of adult skills – OECD iLibrary

When one door closes: VET’s role in helping displaced workers find jobs – NCVER

SUMMARY This At a glance brings together findings from research commissioned by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) that investigates the concept of skills transferability between declining and growing occupations. Key points highlighted at the national research forum ‘When one door closes: VET’s role in re-skilling displaced workers’, hosted by NCVER in November … [Read More] When one door closes: VET’s role in helping displaced workers find jobs – NCVER

Efficiency of Australian technical and further education providers – International Journal of Training Research

ABSTRACT Budgetary constraints on the public purse have led Australian Federal and State governments to focus increasingly on the efficiency of public institutions, including Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes. In this study, we define efficiency as the relationship between financial and administrative inputs and educational outputs. We employ stochastic frontier analysis in determining the … [Read More] Efficiency of Australian technical and further education providers – International Journal of Training Research

Limited access to employment services hurts vulnerable laid-off workers in Australia – OECD

Australia should provide early access to more intensive employment services for disadvantaged laid-off workers to help them find a new job more quickly, according to a new OECD report. Back to Work: Australia says that 2.3% of Australian workers with at least one year of tenure are laid off each year as firms close or downsize. … [Read More] Limited access to employment services hurts vulnerable laid-off workers in Australia – OECD

Many low-income students use only their phone to get online. What are they missing? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Crystle Martin   For many of us, access to the Internet through a variety of means is a given. I can access the Internet through two laptops, a tablet, a smartphone and even both of my game systems, from the comfort of my living room. However, this access is unequally distributed. … [Read More] Many low-income students use only their phone to get online. What are they missing? The Conversation

The future of work How can we adapt to survive and thrive? Deloitte Access Economics

This thought leadership from Chartered Accountants and Deloitte Access Economics shows that the workforce will change significantly in coming years. Using an extensive survey, it considers what this means for careers, skills, education and workplaces. Our economy and society are being shaped by large-scale shifts, from globalisation to digital disruption. Businesses are facing more intense … [Read More] The future of work How can we adapt to survive and thrive? Deloitte Access Economics

Teaching skills for digital storytelling – Adult Learning Australia

Extract ABC Open producer Vanessa Milton’s patch takes up an area in New South Wales stretching from the Victorian border to Batemans Bay and across to the Snowy Mountains.  On any given day she can be running a writing workshop, teaching an amateur historian how to record interviews or helping a farmer make a film … [Read More] Teaching skills for digital storytelling – Adult Learning Australia

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