Will the promise of lifelong learning – to extend access to higher education to more people while at the same time creating a highly skilled and relevant workforce – ever be realized? On the whole, university systems remain set up to educate 18-year-olds studying full-time degrees. And how many working-age adults are really able to take time off to go back to study and to take on more debt?

David Latchman, vice chancellor at Birkbeck, University of London, is optimistic that universities and the public have woken up to the importance of lifelong learning. In this interview, we talk about why he thinks England’s Lifelong Loan Entitlement program is the right one to unlock the benefits of lifelong learning, the sticking points of the policy and how employers should get on board. 

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