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Welfare Reform on the Web (September 2003): Education - UK - Training

2IST CENTURY SKILLS: RAISING OUR POTENTIAL: INDIVIDUALS, EMPLOYERS, NATION

Department for Education and Skills

London: TSO, 2003 (Cm 5810)

Presents a national skills strategy aimed at ensuring that employers have the right skills to support the success of their businesses and individuals have the skills they need to be both employable and personally fulfilled. Proposed measures at the individual level include:

  • offering free tuition to adults to enable them to gain foundation skills;
  • piloting adult learning maintenance grants;
  • helping adults gain ICT skills.

The qualifications framework will be made more responsive by:

  • strengthening Modern Apprenticeships;
  • reviewing vocational routes available to young people;
  • introducing a credits framework for adults to help them build up a record of achievement that counts towards qualifications;
  • introducing in appropriate sectors programmes to develop generic skills for employment.

THE CONTRIBUTION OF NATIONAL VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS TO THE GROWTH OF SKILLS IN THE UK

I. Grugulis

British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol.41, 2003, p.457-475

Argues that National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) have not succeeded in raising skills levels in the UK workforce. The reasons for this failure are structural and lie with the design of the qualifications themselves. NVQs were designed to be employer-led, on the basis of a contestable assumption that work design and skills utilisation are currently optimal. Secondly, NVQs focus only on behaviour, and as a result do not encompass all of the skills and knowledge that may be needed in employment, such as motivation and choice.

CORPORATE UNIVERSITY DEVELOPMENTS IN THE UK SME SECTOR

C. Prince

Journal of Workplace Learning, vol.15, 2003, p.229-239

Paper seeks to explore the applicability of the corporate university concept to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Draws on research into three SMEs based in the UK Midlands which have established their own "academies".

PERCEPTIONS/COMPARISONS: VOLUNTARY AND MANDATORY PRE-EMPLOYMENT GOVERNMENT TRAINING

S. D. Yardley

Journal of European Industrial Training, vol.27, 2003, p.341-354

Paper reports on a study comparing perceptions, attitudes and job outcomes of participants attending pre-employment government training schemes. Study focused on Jobclub and Work Based Training as voluntary schemes and Jobplan and New Deal 18-24 as mandatory. Found that the subjects on Jobclub and Work Based Training perceived their courses in a mostly positive light and attitudes were favourable. Consequently these clients gained more jobs than mandatory referrals. New Deal trainees were the least positive and gained fewest jobs.

THE SKILLS STRATEGY: A WHITE PAPER TIGER?

J. Holyfield and W. Somerville

Working Brief, no.147 2003, p.10-15

The White Paper "21st Century Skills" is full of promising initiatives, mainstreaming of successful practice and promotion of joined-up working. However, the document fails to present an overarching vision to integrate its various proposals. Authors argue that the vision should be improvement of the reputation of vocational qualifications so that more people will be persuaded to sign up for them.

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