Research and analysis

Skills and lifelong learning: motivating engagement in learning

Review exploring how policy could motivate adults to improve their literacy and numeracy skills.



The report first considers why literacy and numeracy are important. Then it explores ways government could motivate adults to improve their basic skills in these areas. It summarises current knowledge on:

  • the supply of adult literacy and numeracy skills, including skills levels and trends
  • skills use
  • demand for learning and how to motivate adults to enter and persist in learning
  • the impact of participation
  • evidence gaps

It was commissioned as part of the Foresight Future of skills and lifelong learning project.

Published 9 February 2017