lifelong learning

Dubliners, women, young adults and graduates more likely to pursue lifelong learning

One in ten Dubliners have engaged in lifelong learning. That’s more than twice as many people in Ireland’s south-east, mid-east and border regions.

Lifelong learning and upskilling have been promoted across Europe and beyond to help adults achieve their career ambitions, stay relevant to the jobs market and learn skills that will become increasingly important to the economy.

A total of 177,330 Irish adults were engaged in some form of ongoing study at the end of 2015. That is just over 7 percent of adult population of 2.5 million. The majority of these were taking part in formal learning activities at schools, colleges, universities and other educational institutions. However, Ireland falls short of the European average of 11 percent. The EU hopes to increase this to 15 percent by 2020.

While Dubliners are more likely to enter ongoing education, this is also true of women. Female participation in lifelong learning or upskilling is around 8 percent compared to 6.3 percent of men. Continuous education is more popular with younger adults – 13 percent of adults aged 25 to 34 have participated in ongoing education compared to 3 percent of 55 to 64 year olds. Adults with postgraduate degrees are also more likely to pursue ongoing studies as well – 12 percent versus 3 percent of early school leavers.

Lifelong learning enhances skills and personal development

The figures come from a study by an Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN). Una Halligan, EGFSN chairwoman, said that continuous education was a necessity for Ireland.

“We have a well-educated and highly skilled labour force but it is important that people of all ages and at all educational levels participate in learning and upskilling on an ongoing basis in order to sustain their employability. All forms of learning, whether formal of non-formal, contribute to the skills enhancement and personal development of individuals,” she remarked.

Halligan also noted that lifelong learning helped Ireland’s businesses to maintain their competitiveness. In addition, companies who supported the ongoing training had higher employees reporting higher levels of job satisfaction which lead to greater staff retention.

The EGFSN called on the government and industry to invest more in such ongoing learning. The expert group believes this is necessary to meet the predicted skills shortages.

Want to learn something?

If you are thinking of going to college, doing a postgraduate degree, returning to education, upskilling, changing career direction, taking professional, holistic or hobbyist courses or looking for information on courses, classes and educational options generally, sign up for Which Course Virtual Week, which takes place between 5 – 10 September 2016.

 

 

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Which Course Virtual Expo, Ireland’s first online education fair, takes place this September

Which Course Virtual Expo, Ireland’s first online educational event, is taking place over three days this September. Which Course Virtual Expo has grown out of the successful Which Course Expo, which has run at the RDS in Dublin since 2007. For the first time, the educational fair will take place as an online event. This is an innovative new way of connecting students with colleges and course providers. Like a traditional educational fair, students can collect prospectuses and course details, and they have the opportunity to meet with educational institutions, talk through their study options, and enrol in a course.

Which Course Virtual Expo takes place on Wednesday 7, Thursday 8, and Saturday 10 September. Over the event there will be a series of talks by educational experts, career coaches and industry insiders at the virtual Seminar Zone. In addition, prospective students will also be able to make an appointment with a professional development coach and avail of free expert career advice at our Career Clinic. Which Course Virtual Expo, the Seminar Zone and the Career Clinic are absolutely free of charge for all prospective students.

Anyone registering to attend Which Course Virtual Expo will automatically be entered into the draw to win an iPad Air. The draw takes place on 18 September 2016.

WHO IS TAKING PART?

Exhibitors taking part in the September 2016 event include:

  • Third-level colleges
  • Private colleges
  • Educational institutions
  • Business schools
  • Specialist colleges
  • Professional institutes
  • Part-time, evening and adult education course providers
  • Distance-learning course providers from around the world
  • Health and hobbyist course providers
  • Accreditation bodies

Attendees registering for Which Course Virtual Expo include:

  • Secondary school students
  • Graduate students
  • Post-graduate students
  • Foreign students
  • Mature students looking to up-skill or change careers
  • Adults returning to education
  • Adults looking for part-time and/or evening courses
  • Hobbyists looking to improve skills, or learn new ones

DATES

Wednesday 7 September, Thursday 8 September, and Saturday 10 September 2016.

 

ABOUT US

Which Course Virtual Expo is run by Careers Unlimited. Careers Unlimited is an Irish company which specialises in education, recruitment and career enhancement. We operate career and education websites, as well as run public events about careers, recruitment and educational courses in Ireland.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Beth Rees
Which Course Virtual Expo
Tel: (01) 5311 280 / 087 654 3175
Email: info@careers.ie
Web: www.whichcoursevirtualexpo.ie