Barriers to learning

Barriers to learning

"Regardless of age, race, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability or the passport they hold, every worker should enjoy an equal chance to up-skill or learn something new at work." - Frances O'Grady, Breaking through the barriers

Learning changes lives!

Learning changes lives. It also changes attitudes, provides better job prospects, transforms personal situations and breathes a new confidence into learners. However, many people are still not feeling the benefit of learning – the joy of reading to their children, the discovery of a new talent, or the simple pleasure of acquiring a whole new range of skills.

Why break down the barriers to learning?

Unlocking talent and skills benefits the individual, the workplace, the economy and society. It also makes for a fairer and more equal society, because education empowers and learning endures. People gain the confidence to challenge what they think is wrong and this can change society, attitudes and prejudices. So it's in all our interests for education to be accessed by all, in the fight against discrimination.

How can we overcome barriers to learning?

The unionlearn blog features a number of different writers illustrating how they've sought to overcome different barriers to learning:


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