Invest in lifelong learning access in regions

In a recent paper in the journal “Wirtschaftsdienst” I have advocated the need to invest more in lifelong learning at the regional and local level. Based on the results of the “Deutscher Weiterbildungsatlas 2015” the regional divergence net of persons’ endowment is obvious.

Ways forward consist not just in more funds for courses in training institutions, but also in a better provision of fast internet access in remote areas. Such infrastructure has the potential to re-connect remote areas with low training provision to the wealth of courses and informal learning.

Additionally, it is important to free time resources for learning on-the-job as well as for persons busy with care-giving obligations. Even the self-employed seem to suffer from a time-squeeze that impedes more pro-active learning efforts.