OECD: Adult education needs 'sustainable' funding

TES | February 13, 2019

The UK’s adult education system is in need of “adequate and sustainable financing” and more flexible learning opportunities, according to a major international report.The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) today publishes a report called Getting Skills Right: future-ready adult learning systems, which argues that many developed nations “need to urgently scale-up and upgrade their adult learning systems to help people adapt to the future world of work” to prepare for new technologies, globalisation and an ageing population.A separate document looks at the UK’s performance in closer detail, pointing out that “structural changes are putting the United Kingdom’s adult learning system under mounting strain, although less so than in other OECD countries.” While the “share of adults with low levels of cognitive skills is below the OECD average, it is worrying that skill levels of young adults do not exceed those of older adults despite their higher levels of educational attainment”, it adds. Unless this is addressed, “the competitiveness of the country is likely to suffer”, the report states.  ”The adult learning system should give adults more and better access to upskilling and reskilling opportunities to increase their resilience in light of these structural changes and skill issues.”

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