We asked engineers how much of a role they think the government, industry, universities, and professional societies should play in the development of a national lifelong learning infrastructure.


FIGURE 6 Engineers’ beliefs about the role of different stakeholders in lifelong learning, based on 3,000 responses.

The results (FIGURE 6) show that 4 out of 5 engineers expect businesses (industries) to play an important or leading role in developing the national lifelong learning infrastructure, from which one could conclude that they believe employers have or should have a responsibility to ensure continuous education for their engineers. An overwhelming majority (3 out of 4) felt that universities and professional societies also have a significant role to play.

One other finding is worth noting:

•   Engineers who considered their job insecure believed that the government should play an important role, whereas engineers who were very secure in their job did not.

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