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DateJune 19, 2008 Posted by: Nige Howarth   Keywords: learner engagement, learners, productivity

'How has the world of a child changed in the last 150 years?" And the answer is, "It's hard to imagine any way in which it hasn't changed. But if you look at school today versus 100 years ago, it is more similar than dissimilar."

And so the scene is set by this Peter Senge quote for this think piece commissioned by the FE Skills and Regeneration group at Becta. It is  written by Charles Jennings, head of Global Learning at Reuters, to highlight how organisations throughout the world are changing and have to adapt to meet the evolving landscapes of globalisation, ubiquitous communications and the derivative changes being driven by these two powerful influences.

As Charles states, “If organisations are to survive and flourish, one thing is obvious to all - they need to make the best possible use of their people, and the expectation of most organisations is that they should not have to build their human capital from the ground up. They expect the UK government education and training system to understand their challenges and needs and then work to ensure that educational strategy and processes are put in place to support the effective development of individual capabilities to meet those needs”

In other words, the imperative for educational policy makers and strategists is critical if the UK is to be competitive in the globalised and fast-changing world. The link is clear. Charles duly explores what UK businesses expect from Education and Training. Read on ….. 




NB: This paper has been provided with kind permission by Becta

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