Skills and the small firm: a research and policy briefing

Skills and the small firm: a research and policy briefing
Document type
Briefing
Author(s)
Edwards, Prof Paul
Publisher
UKCES
Date of publication
1 June 2010
Subject(s)
People management: all aspects of managing people
Collection
Business and management
Material type
Reports

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This briefing summarises current debate on small firms and their training regimes. This debate has been dominated by two opposing views: that small firms do not train, or that in fact they develop skills in informal ways that are equivalent to large-firm formal training.  The paper reflects on what is known about skills and training in small firms, corrects some common misunderstandings, indicates future research needs, and suggests how a realistic view could lead to certain approaches to policy. The focus is the firm and its demand for, and utilisation of, skills. This approach complements those addressing the supply of skills and the Leitch 2020 skills ambitions.

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