Helen Liddell, the Education Minister, launched a major lifelong learning consultation on Wednesday, writes Neil Munro.
The document essentially repackages a number of initiatives linking school and post-school already announced.
But it puts a clear price tag on some elements for the first time and makes IT central to the plans.
The paper acknowledges that individuals and employers may need to pay their way, particularly in funding the new 100,000 individual learning accounts. It recognises the need to persuade the public of the value of continuous learning.
Mrs Liddell also announced a funding review of non-advanced further education and training, which could possibly pool resources separately held by colleges and local enterprise companies.
The minister gave an assurance that the strategy would not be based on a narrow definition. Lifelong learning would be about "personal development and growth in its widest sense, social and cultural, as well as the economic".
Full details next week.