Critical Social Policy, vol.23, 2003, p.453-476
New Labour has sought through investment in education and training to equip young people with the skills needed for the knowledge economy and so render them employable. However this focus on education for young workers masks the steady government withdrawal of traditional sources of support available to the young, such as access to social security benefits and free university education.
Work and Pensions Committee
London: TSO, 2003 (House of Commons papers, session 2002/03; HC680)
The European Social Fund aims to improve the employability of individuals across the European Union, especially those who have most difficulty in entering the labour market. It supports projects that are involved in employment, training, and ways of countering social exclusion. Report recognises two persistent concerns about the Fund:
Labour Research, vol. 92 Nov.2003 p14-15
Unions have already broadly welcomed the government's plans for workplace learning outlined in its skills strategy white paper. They have two main reservations about it:
Education and Training, vol45, 2003 p.361-370
This review identifies three themes underlying the tensions that exist within the current arrangements to support lifelong learning in the further education sector (FE):
The review concludes by assessing the politicisation of learning, its relationship to the knowledge economy and the need for an effective national lifelong learning strategy.