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Lifelong learning in EuropeEquity and efficiency in the balance$
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Sheila Riddell and Jorg Markowitsch

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300137

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300137.001.0001

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The qualification-providing enterprise? Support for formal adult education in small and medium-sized enterprises

The qualification-providing enterprise? Support for formal adult education in small and medium-sized enterprises

Chapter:
(p.103) Six The qualification-providing enterprise? Support for formal adult education in small and medium-sized enterprises
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Lifelong learning in Europe
Author(s):
Günter Hefler, Jög Markowitsch
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300137.003.0006

Types and frequencies of formal adult education differ between countries and should have a high priority in comparative research. Countries vary with regard to the use of formal adult education in different sectors such as engineering versus retail, finance versus health, for profit consultancy services versus public administration. Employers exert a major influence on workers’ access to formal adult education by defining the demand for and value of qualifications and providing support for the acquisition of skills, competences and qualifications. In this way, organisations are political agents of social stratification, not mere transmitters of technical or economic requirements.

Keywords:   Workplace learning, Employers, Social stratification

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