The lower educated workers’ participation in training programmes inside and outside the workplace should seriously be addressed. Lower educated workers is ‘a worker with no education, primary education, intermediate or secondary vocational‘. Lower educated people’s risk is higher of not having skills, knowledge and or abilities.
Past and current learning behaviour is suggested to drive future learning intentions. Often low educated employees had negative experiences and apartheid enforced these experiences. One will have to address the worker’s intrinsic motivation to participate in training. The attitude of the worker plays a role in his motivation to participate in training. External motivation like money or other physical rewards might be effective for a while. The challenge is to create a hunger for learning.
It is important to focus on strengthening the workers belief in being successful and on their attitude towards training, when determining interventions regarding training. There is a significant correlation between aspects like career orientation, co-worker and management support and the intention to go for training. The level of informal learning also stimulates lower educated people’s intention to participate in training. Lower educated workers who set goals in their careers will be more motivated to participate to reach their goals.
FET Colleges have a role to play in the upliftment of these people. One should not only focus on school-leavers.