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What every worker wants? Evidence about employee demand for learning

Findlay, Jeanette and Findlay, P. and Warhurst, C. (2012) What every worker wants? Evidence about employee demand for learning. British Educational Research Journal, 38 (3). 515–532. ISSN 0141-1926

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In order to boost learning the UK government has invested in trade union-supported workplace learning. Investing in the supply of learning is useful but ignores demand for learning by workers, about which there is little research. This paper addresses this lacunae by analysing worker demand for learning, which workers want learning, what learning is demanded and why, and what factors might best lever learning. Data comes from two surveys of potential learners and union learning representatives. Findings reveal a large demand for learning and that unions can lever this learning. Findings also suggest further policy development to address problems associated with union-supported learning.