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Liz backs campaign for flexible lifelong learning anywhere in EU

March 25, 2011 4:04 PM

Liz talking to pupils with learning disabilities at Mayfield School, BirminghamLib Dem MEP Liz Lynne has backed a call for the EU to encourage flexible lifelong learning as a way of increasing the skills of the workforce, especially young people.

To mark Lifelong Learning Week in the European Parliament, a public hearing on the impact of transnational learning mobility projects was held by the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL), who also set up an exhibition in the Parliament to highlight different pathways to learning.

West Midlands MEP Liz Lynne, the First Vice President of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee has pledged her backing for the campaign.

She said: "I am a strong supporter of lifelong learning, as people for all sorts of different reasons do not suddenly lose their need or ability to study or learn once they reach 21 or 25 or any age.

"Britain and other European countries can only benefit from all efforts to open up opportunity for education and learning, so that our workforce is more skilled and because it helps people make the most of their lives.

"We need a flexible, mobile workforce open to new ideas and able to adapt to new skills and new technologies."

"As well as economic benefits, lifelong learning also helps individuals develop their talents and live fuller lives. Some people only realise they could benefit from education later in life, or decide to change their career and require new skills. Many people with disabilities affecting early life find that being a mature student suits them better.

"I also support the stress on sharing experience of Lifelong Learning programmes which are already operating in different European countries and taking away barriers so more people can study in another EU country."

ENDS