Lifelong learning key to improving social mobility in Britain

17 October 2013

Lifelong learning could make a far bigger contribution to improving social mobility in Britain, according to NIACE following today’s report from the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

Commenting on State of the Nation 2013: social mobility and child poverty in Great Britain, David Hughes, NIACE Chief Executive, said:

“Alan Milburn’s report is impressive in its analysis of the importance of initial education and training for mobility but does not go far enough.

“Family learning, for example, is vital for breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty by raising aspirations and developing skills of adults, as well as children.

“In addition, learning as an adult offers the possibility of transformation and change for people of any age.

“Lifelong learning is also one of the most effective ways in which government can build the relationship it wants with employers to ensure that work lifts people out of poverty and raises skills.”