Before the advent of computer technology, with large numbers of unskilled labourers needed to work in manufacturing and service industries, it wasnandrsquo;t considered necessary or advisable to provide much by way of vocational training for adults. Then vast advances in technology led to the need for a more highly skilled workforce so that today post-16 education is the focus of much attention and debate.

Learning new skills

Learning for all – lifelong learning – is now a key EU priority, while in the UK the Government is heavily promoting skills-based learning to meet employer needs through its andldquo;Train to Gainandrdquo; programme. All this means that vocational training is now more readily available to people who want to study beyond their school leaving age. And with an increasingly diverse range of distance learning courses, skills based training has never been more accessible.

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