Etla and Labore are evaluating two experiments funded by the The Service Centre for Continuous Learning and Employment (Secle) on promoting continuous learning. The aim of the experiments is to determine how participation in continuous learning could be increased among underrepresented groups in education, and how participation in education affects employment and income.
The first experiment is an information experiment, aimed at producing reliable information on whether public authorities can increase the participation rate of underrepresented groups in continuous learning by providing targeted information to individuals. The study is conducted as a randomized field experiment, with the target group being 25–64-year-olds residing in Finland without a secondary education degree.
The aim of the second experiment is to produce reliable information on whether public authorities can increase the participation rate of underrepresented employed individuals in education by funding seeking activities that involve bringing information and guidance to workplaces. The experiment emphasizes expert guidance provided in the workplace and the design of demand-driven educational paths, taking into account the industry and local educational offerings of the encountered company. This experiment is implemented as a regionally randomized trial.