Economic fears get more adults learning

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The proportion of adults who are currently learning, or have done so in the last three years, has risen by four per cent: from 39 per cent in 2009 to 43 per cent in 2010, its highest level for ten years. People in and out of work are reporting record levels of wanting to learn since these surveys started 20 years ago.
The UK-wide survey of nearly 5,000 adults – A Change for the Better – from NIACE, also reports that:

  • current participation, having fallen to its lowest levels for a decade in 2009, rose by three percentage points to 21 per cent – lower than the highs experienced between 1996 and 2003, but reversing recent reductions;
  • women (23 per cent current and 44 per cent current/recent learners) continue to take part in larger numbers than men (20 per cent and 41 per cent, respectively);
  • three in five (60 per cent) full-time workers plan to take up learning – a rise of 13 percentage points since 2009; 58 per cent of par

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