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The declining volume of workers’ training in Britain

Green, Francis, Felstead, Alan, Gallie, Duncan, Inanc, Hande and Jewson, Nick 2016. The declining volume of workers’ training in Britain. British Journal of Industrial Relations 54 (2) , pp. 422-448. 10.1111/bjir.12130

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Abstract

The conventional focus on the training participation rate, rather than training volume, in official statistics and research has obscured a radical transformation in workers’ training in Britain. To obtain a picture of the trend in training volume, we synthesize a narrative through a new analysis of multiple surveys. The duration of training fell sharply with the result that the training volume per worker declined by about a half between 1997 and 2012. This fall is hard to reconcile with optimistic rhetoric surrounding the knowledge economy. Potential explanations are discussed. We conclude with recommendations to improve the collection of training statistics.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0007-1080
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 3 May 2016
Date of Acceptance: 14 March 2015
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2017 19:58
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/84552

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