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

Edited by Günter Hefler and Jög Markowitsch

in Lifelong learning in Europe

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9781447300137
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781447307709 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447300137.003.0006
The qualification-providing enterprise? Support for formal adult education in small and medium-sized enterprises

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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

Chapter.  8773 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Occupations, Professions, and Work

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