In this paper we present the main results of the National Survey of Latvia, conducted within the framework of the joint study Workplace Learning in Europe and Asia. This joint study was initiated by the Research Network 2 of the Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM-LLL). The objectives of this comparative study were to find out what people understand to be voluntary and compulsory with respect to workplace learning, what companies and organisations offer in terms of formal and non-formal work-related learning, which of these are voluntary and which compulsory, and how objective opportunities and subjective perceptions influence employees’ motivation to learn at work and their satisfaction with the learning they have undertaken. We describe the theoretical and legal framework, the methodology used, main findings on the issues raised and our conclusions. We also include some recommendations to improve workplace learning in the actual context of Latvian society.
Decoding the Meanings of Learning at Work in Asia and Europe, 2012