What is the focus of the research field?
Learning in relation to working life deals with different forms of learning ocurring througout working life, in form of professional development within an occupation but also in relation to shifting occupations. It is about formal learning as well as informal and non formal learning. Examples of issues we are working on: How can working life be structured so that learning becomes a continouos aspect of work, what structures enable life long learning? If and how can the labour market's need for competence be met, using structures for learning througout working life? How can work be organised so that conditions for learning are optimised? The perspectives we apply lie on an individual level as well as organisational and societal levels. We want to assist in a better understanding of what structures and conditions are needed to optimise learning.
Why is this important?
It is well known that employers need to give their employees good conditions for learning in order to stand the competition, both in terms of being able to attract employees and making them stay, but also in terms of being able to deliver high quality services/products.
What is the main contribution?
We bring indepth knowledge regarding conditions and structures for learning in and througout working life. Our results are relevant to, and can be used by, both work organisatioons, employers, and policy developers - the knowledge can be used in planning, managemnet and organisation of work.