This summary introduces Sitra’s seven recommendations for promoting lifelong learning in Finland.
The recommendations serve as tools for lifelong learning policy creators and decision-makers for managing and implementing a joint view of lifelong learning in Finland. The recommendations are discussed in more detail in the publication
Millä suosituksilla? – Kohti elinikäisen oppimisen Suomea (On what recommendations? – Towards lifelong learning in Finland) (in Finnish).
The study is based on the work carried out in the Lifelong learning project (2018-2021), initiated by 30 key public-sector, educational sector and business and industry representatives and based on their shared views on the direction of lifelong learning in Finland.
The recommendations are a response to two of the four theses presented in the report: “General knowledge, basic skills and competence are the foundations of well-being” and “Competence improves working life and working life improves competence”.
The backdrop to this work is Sitra’s co-operation with stakeholders and various pilot projects carried out across Finland, as well as studies produced by the future fund.
Fine-tuning the existing leadership models and structures is not sufficient in the face of rapidly changing competence needs. What is needed is a more flexible model in which competence is seen as the foundation for well-being and a sustainable economy in Finland and where lifelong learning is a viable option for everyone at all stages of their lives.