An increasing number of adults are disinterested in learning new skills, new research has shown.
In fact, the number of adults involved in learning has slipped by three per cent in the past year alone, the annual Adult Learners Week survey by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) has revealed.
Alan Tuckett, the director of NIACE, suggested that improving the UK workforce is now more challenging.
He remarked: "One goal of policy is to engage those who say they have done no learning since school, the finding that just 15 per cent plan to get involved shows the size of the task if the government's goals are to be realised."
NIACE also discovered that the number of adults intending to start learning in the future has fallen from 45 per cent to 36 per cent in two years.
Jobseekers without ICT skills could be at risk from being "digitally excluded", the Learning and Skills Council warned recently.