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Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): engaging new learners in rural SMEs

Crawley, J, Wales, S, Adams, A and Cockburn, M (2005) 'Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): engaging new learners in rural SMEs.' In: Hamilton, M and Wilson, A, eds. New ways of engaging new learners: lessons from round one of the practitioner-led research initiative. NRDC/Institute of Education, London, pp. 92-106. ISBN 1905188100

Abstract

The issue of skills remains high on the national agenda, with Skills for Life key to the success of the imagined transformation of skills levels among the workforce in England. Engaging new learners employed in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs10) has always been a challenge. This is particularly so here in the rural South West, where the vast majority of businesses are classed as SMEs. Numerous barriers to engagement in learning have been shown to exist for employees and employers, including access, timing, location, advice and reluctance of adults to reveal their needs in literacy, language and numeracy (LLN). The main aim of this project was to investigate how adult LLN practitioners can engage more employers and employees from SMEs, within the Somerset area, in LLN provision in the workplace.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
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Project submitted to the collection of research reports by Somerset Learning Partnership.

Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Institute for Education
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2014 11:51
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 11:54
URI: http://researchspace.bathspa.ac.uk/id/eprint/2423
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