Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy Issues Paper Response – Part 2 Lifelong Learning
Part 2 of the Mackenzie Research Institute's response to the Skills for Victoria’s Growing Economy Issues Paper puts forward some strategies that would assist people in the most vulnerable situations to improve their employment status. It provides information about who benefits most from lifelong learning.
Some of the factors that are key to lifelong learning relate to the importance of having or obtaining core skills; being able to access higher education that caters for different learning styles and is sympathetic to non-traditional learners especially adults; being able to access courses at flexible times, especially for adults, who want to study part-time; and offering suitable courses for those whose learning style is applied rather than theoretical.
It suggests that the shift to a competitive system should be evaluated in terms of costs to the taxpayer and whether the social and educational objectives that underpinned competition have in any way been achieved. Preliminary observations are that competition has been an expensive and fruitless exercise that has caused untold damage to the vocational education and training sector and has stifled the desire for lifelong learning.
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