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The importance of lifelong learning

Lifelong learning is a huge concept in FE – so what does it mean for learners?

The importance of lifelong learning

Lifelong learning is a huge concept across the training and development sector - but what does it mean for an individual learner?

At OneFile, we've worked with training organisations and apprentices across the country for over a decade, and are constantly developing our eportfolio to promote lifelong learning. We've asked our industry experts to shed some light on this hot topic.

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What is lifelong learning?

Well, if you consult the dictionary, lifelong learning is : 'An approach to education that promotes the continuation of learning throughout adult life.'

This sounds like a big commitment, but if you ask people in the know, it's all about making small changes to your routine. Highly motivated people dedicate their lives to lifelong learning, creating time in their busy schedules to understand new concepts and ideas. You don't have to spend every evening completing night courses and all weekend in the library, just take advantage of new technologies and use them in productive ways.

How can I become a lifelong learner?

The first step? Expand your mind!

Whether it's an old favourite or a brand-new topic, think about what you're really interested in and go for it! Create a to-learn list - just like a to-do list - full of attainable goals and make sure you tick off at least one every day. If you nail your time management and prioritise daily growth, you'll get ahead in no time!

There are many simple, effective and realistic ways to achieve daily learning targets without it inconveniencing your life. In fact, learning on the go has never been easier! Here are our top tips:

Listen up

If you're an auditory learner, audio books are the perfect way to boost your knowledge at the touch of a button. Whether you're stuck in traffic or sat on the bus, you can use your commute to listen to a political debate or even learn a new language.

Practice makes perfect

Reading a book about pottery isn't the same as getting stuck in and spinning clay on a pottery wheel. Many people learn best by being hands-on, so apply your practical skills and have some fun!

Make learning your hobby

Take some time at the weekend to go to a class. Fitness... life drawing... sushi making... whatever you choose, group classes are fantastic for learning and making friends. Volunteering at a hospital or children's centre is also a great way to learn new skills, experience different cultures and make a positive difference for people in your community.

Sign out, log off and switch off

Did you know the average person in Britain spends almost 1 hour 30 minutes on social media every day! Imagine what you could achieve if you logged out of Facebook and Twitter for a week? Or what about a year? By swapping your phone for a book, you'll ditch a bad habit and be a fountain of knowledge in no time.

Go ahead and challenge yourself today! 

Use the world as your classroom and always end every day with a new lesson learned. Taking your knowledge to the next level will separate you from the crowd, and give you the confidence to lead that presentation, sign up for a higher course or even apply for a new job!


This article includes research and opinion sourced by OneFile at the time of publication. Things may have changed since then,
so this research is to be used at the reader's discretion. OneFile is not liable for any action taken based on this research.