Employability and skills in the UK: redefining the debate

Employability and skills in the UK: redefining the debate
Document type
Paper
Author(s)
Wright, Jonathan; Brinkley, Ian: Clayton, Naomi
Publisher
Work Foundation, The
Date of publication
1 November 2010
Subject(s)
People management: all aspects of managing people, Trends: economic, social and technology trends affecting business
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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The debate about employability and skills in the UK is long standing. The system is not fit for purpose; skills gaps, shortages and under-utilisation remain a problem. The mismatch in skills supply and demand is distinctly spatial. This paper highlights two key challenges which may widen the gaps that exist between cities and regions: public sector cuts and an increasingly knowledge-intensive economy. An agenda for change is proposed that sets out a local and integrated response.

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