What do employers want from an aligned employment and skills system?: research summary: summary

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Jenkins, Sarah; Darragh, Jane; Shah, Jayesh Navin
Date of publication
1 May 2011
Research report; 743
Employment, Education and Skills
Social welfare
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Summary of research on what employers want from integrated employment and skills services, and perceptions and experiences of Integrated Employer Offer. The primary goal of the Integrated Employer Offer is to ensure that employers receive a seamless service where employment and skills services are responsive and demand-led. This research was commissioned to investigate what employers want from an aligned employment and skills system, and the extent to which employers, employer representatives and stakeholders in the system currently think it is joined-up. The study comprised of a review of existing research on employer perceptions, plus qualitative research comprising of 41 in-depth interviews with stakeholders in Government and public sector agencies, employer representative bodies and employers of varying sizes and sectors across England.

Since this research was conducted, some Government organisations or services cited may have been dissolved, renamed or rebranded, or had their responsibilities deferred elsewhere. The findings should be considered in this context, although the messages behind what employers want from an aligned system remain relevant

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