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Balancing the skills equation : Key issues and challenges for policy and practice - Geoff Hayward

Balancing the skills equation

Key issues and challenges for policy and practice

By: Geoff Hayward (Editor), Susan James (Editor)

Paperback Published: 27th October 2004
ISBN: 9781861345752
Number Of Pages: 264

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Governments worldwide assume that national competitiveness can be improved by developing workforce skills. This book critically examines this 'high skills' vision at both policy and practice levels. It challenges an oversimplified policy rhetoric that underestimates the complexity of the processes involved in developing a skilled workforce. The book focuses on key issues relating to the high skills agenda: skills and political economy; different investment strategies for producing skills; qualification systems and learning. A multidisciplinary team of authors from a range of disciplines, including economics, management and education, provides the cross-cutting international and comparative analysis. Editorial comment links their explorations to wider questions of skill formation processes and overarching questions are addressed through in-depth analysis of the roles of higher education, apprenticeship and formal school learning in skill formation. Balancing the skills equation is important reading for policy makers, academics and graduate students interested in social policy, education and labour markets. It will also be of interest to Vocational Education and Training (VET) practitioners.

"This is a very topical work of high policy relevance that represents an important contribution to the analysis of skills supply. It clearly stands out from the competition." John Field, Division of Academic Innovation and Continuing Education, University of Stirling

Acknowledgementsp. iv
Prefacep. v
Notes on contributorsp. vi
Producing skills: conundrums and possibilitiesp. 1
Fit for purpose? Sixty years of VET policy in Englandp. 13
The European policy regarding education and training: a critical assessmentp. 35
'I can't believe it's not skill': the changing meaning of skill in the UK context and some implicationsp. 53
Qualifying for a job: an educational and economic audit of the English 14-19 education and training systemp. 77
Does apprenticeship still have meaning in the UK? The consequences of voluntarism and sectoral changep. 101
Tradition and reform: modernising the German dual system of vocational educationp. 117
Learning in the workplace: reappraisals and reconceptionsp. 149
Interests, arguments and ideologies: employers' involvement in education-business partnerships in the US and the UKp. 171
Compatible higher education systems and the European labour market: Bologna and beyondp. 187
The expansion of higher education: economic necessity or hyperinflation?p. 203
Becoming a chef: the politics and culture of learningp. 219
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9781861345752
ISBN-10: 1861345755
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 27th October 2004
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.41