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Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2019

Skills for Life Network

There has been a 10% (almost four million) drop in the number of adults taking skills training since 2010, according to the latest annual assessment of participation rates by the Learning and Work Foundation.

The Adult Participation in Learning survey, which draws on data from a national representative survey of 5,000 adults across the UK, provides an evidence base on who participates in learning, their motivations, barriers, and benefits experienced.

The drop represents the lowest recorded participation levels since records began. The paper says government expenditure on adult education (excluding apprenticeships) has been almost halved, while industry spending on employee skills training lags behind other leading economies. 

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