Common barriers to learning

Common barriers to learning

Many people find that there are barriers impeding their ability to access learning. These include:

  • Social and cultural barriers: peer pressure and family background.
  • Practical and personal barriers: transport; time; disability; caring responsibilities; childcare; finance; cost; age; language; and lack of access to information.
  • Emotional barriers: lack of self-esteem or confidence due to low skills levels; negative personal experience of learning; previously undetected or unaddressed learning disabilities; social problems such as unemployment, abuse or bullying.
  • Workplace: time off; access; discrimination; unsupportive managers; shift work; isolation.

The Breaking through the barriers - Equal access to learning for all report brings together the voices of unions, partner organisations, practitioners and learners to highlight the range of barriers faced by many and to demonstrate what can be achieved through union learning.

The Tackling Disadvantage: The unionlearn effect in opening up learning and skills report sets out to show the impact of unionlearn in widening opportunities to take up learning and skills by tackling disadvantage, identifying and removing barriers and implementing effective strategies.