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Lifelong Learning Accounts

The government has used the first day of the Consrvative Party Conference to announce a raft of "new" initiatives.  One of these is a new free online service for Lifelong Learning Accounts to help improve access to jobs and career development opportunities.  This is actually just the latest incarnation of the old Skills Account and Next Step Account.  Any previous account holders should have received an email about the new service and can still use their old username and password to access the service via the Next Step website.

To recap on what the Lifelong Learning Account offers: 

  • A skills diagnostic tool to identify interests, strengths and needs
  • Localised course and job searches.
  • A CV builder.
  • An ‘eligibility checker’ to identify Government funding available.
  • A facility to store personal learner information – CVs, skills tests, job and course searches

The government's aim is to enable account holder to link up with other learners to share knowledge and experiences (although we haven't been able to work out how they're going to achieve this).  Account holders should also be signposted to relevant learners’ forums and communities via social media such as Facebook and Twitter (but again, no sign of it yet).

Lifelong Learning Accounts offer will continue to develop in 2012 and beyond to provide users with the information they want in a way that best suits them, so keep an eye on developments over the coming months.


3 October 2011

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