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Blending work and learning: the impact of a workplace learning programme on the low-skilled and long term unemployed
Tiernan, Peter
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the effectiveness of a workplace learning programme on the low-skilled and long term unemployed. The paper evaluates improvements in skills and attitudes from the workers perspective. Design/Methodology/Approach: The paper builds on current literature in the area to design and evaluate a workplace learning programme. Quantitative and qualitative data are used to evaluate staff perceptions. Findings: Findings indicate that providing a mix of workplace learning, and focused academic content can have an extremely positive impact on the skill-set and mind-set of low-skilled and long term unemployed workers. The effect of this is that workers are more likely to apply for further educational and employment opportunities. Practical implications: Findings reinforce the view that an integrated approach to tackling long-term unemployment and the up-skilling of workers may be more effective than providing employment initiatives alone. Originality/Value: While statistics on long term unemployment and the vulnerability of low-skilled workers are widely available right across the EU, there is a comparative lack of literature around initiatives designed to tackle these problems, and even less which incorporates the views of workers themselves. This paper provides a unique look at the implementation of a workplace learning programme and its impact on staff.
Keyword(s): Education; Educational technology; Workplace learning; Long-term unemployed; Employee up-skilling
Publication Date:
2014
Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Dublin City University
Citation(s): Tiernan, Peter (2014) Blending work and learning: the impact of a workplace learning programme on the low-skilled and long term unemployed. Industrial and Commercial Training, 46 (7). pp. 406-414. ISSN 0019-7858
Publisher(s): Emerald Group Publishing Limited
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://doras.dcu.ie/23289/1/Blending%20work%20and%20learning%20-%20the%20impact%20of%20a%20workplace%20learning%20programme%20on%20the%20low-skilled%20and%20long%20term%20unemployed.pdf,
http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ICT-05-2014-0030
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