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The Workers' Educational Association (WEA) developed a series of recommendations in response to the British government consultation paper "The Learning Age: A Renaissance for a New Britain." The recommendations addressed the following areas: individual learning revolution; investing in learning; learning at work; realizing the learning age; ensuring standards, quality, and accountability; and recognizing achievement. Specific recommendations to Britain's government included the following: support and encourage participation and contribution of voluntary sector and community-based organizations in the University for Industry's service provision; strengthen the funding base for community and related provision for adult learners; end discrimination against older learners operating in current public funding practices; support trade unions' role and contribution in development of workplace learning; issue a code of good practice in workplace learning; require educational guidance and careers services and the University for Industry to develop appropriate advice, guidance, and support systems to meet adult learners' needs; establish direct funding arrangements for training of part-time and full-time teachers of adults; commission comparative research to identify the benefits and added value to individuals and society of all forms of postcompulsory education and training; and develop a credit accumulation and transfer system that fully recognizes the value of qualifications offered by the National Open College Network. (MN)

Descriptors: Access to Education, Accountability, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Career Guidance, Community Education, Continuing Education, Education Work Relationship, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Technology, Evaluation Methods, Financial Support, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Job Training, Lifelong Learning, National Organizations, National Standards, Nontraditional Students, Position Papers, Postsecondary Education, Program Evaluation, School Business Relationship, School Guidance, Student Certification, Unions

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