Work-based learning programmes and social capital.

Hyland, Terry (2003) Work-based learning programmes and social capital. Journal of In-service Education, 29 (1). pp. 49-60. ISSN 1367-4587

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The twin pillars supporting contemporary lifelong learning theory in Britain - and also to some extent in the USA, Europe and Australasia (Field & Leicester, 2000) - are the development of vocational skills for economic competitiveness, and the fostering of social inclusion and cohesion. Clear and direct links are made between inclusion and economic prosperity in the 'vision of a society where high skills, high rewards and access to education and training are open to everyone' (DfEE, 2001, p. 6). However, although this policy does, to some degree, represent a break with the rampant neo-liberalism of the 1980s and 1990s in Britain (Hyland, 2002) - underpinned by 'third way' values, which emphasise 'economic efficiency and social cohesion' (Giddens, 2000, p. 78) - the concept of economic capital always takes pride of place and there is a real danger that the social capital objectives of contemporary British vocational education and training (VET) may be neglected in the obsession with economic competitiveness. Since work-based learning (WBL) is now a central element in all current VET policy initiatives, it is suggested that attention to the systematic management and support of learning on WBL programmes can go some way towards achieving the important social objectives of lifelong learning.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an electronic version of the article published in Journal of Inservice Education, 29(1),pp.49-60, 2003. Journal of Inservice Education is available online at:\&issn=1367\%2d4587\&volume=29\&issue=1
Uncontrolled Keywords: work-based learning, Social capital, post-school education and training, policy studies
Divisions: School of Education and Psychology > Education
Depositing User: Scott Wilson
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2013 12:49
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2014 11:31
Identification Number: 10.1080/13674580300200201

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