Improving career prospects for the low-educated: the role of guidance and lifelong learning

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European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop)


This report draws both on literature review and an original collection of stories from biographical interviews of individuals in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Poland and the UK. The narrative accounts describe the wide variety of experiences with initial and further education. The analysis focuses on motivations for learning (or not) and the findings confirm that early negative experiences with schooling have a scarring effect inhibiting workers' willingness to re-engage in education later in life. Nevertheless, many low-educated adults command a variety of skills,...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Career development; Disadvantaged; Participation; Lifelong learning; Equity; Teaching and learning

Keywords: Educationally disadvantaged; Career guidance; Social inclusion; Barrier; Aspirations; Perception; Learning motivation; Continuing education

Geographic subjects: Europe; Czech Republic; Great Britain; Denmark; Germany; France; Italy; Poland

Published: Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2016

Physical description: 157 p.

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Series: Cedefop research paper; no. 54

ISBN: 9789289621502

ISSN: 1831-5860

Resource type: Report

Call number: TD/TNC 125.831

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