Needs of lifelong learning for professionalisation of industrial workers: Opportunities and challenges

Zarina Kassim, Nor Aishah Buang, Lilia Halim

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Only 23% of Malaysian workforce has tertiary education compared to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries such as Singapore and Finland that have tertiary education with an average of 28% and around 35%, respectively. This study investigates perceived needs lifelong learning programmes for professionalisation among the workers. A survey was conducted on workers from the industries. Most of the workers felt that lifelong learning programmes provide personal satisfaction. In terms of perceived needs, workers from higher positions in industries need lifelong learning programmes to get better positions and better salaries as compared to those with lower positions in industries to get better job and education. Both groups have different preferences for means of learning whether face-to-face or online learning. The implications are that the government has to change their policy in terms of requirement for these companies to register with the Human Resource Department Fund so that their workers be subsidised for attending lifelong learning programmes and to encourage the participation of public higher learning institutions for providing online and weekend lifelong learning programmes to the workers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Adult and Continuing Education
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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Keywords

  • industrial workers
  • Lifelong learning
  • professionalisation
  • workplace learning

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Needs of lifelong learning for professionalisation of industrial workers : Opportunities and challenges. / Kassim, Zarina; Aishah Buang, Nor; Halim, Lilia.

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