Monday, November 15, 2010


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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


Work Foundation (UK)

A report prepared for the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Commercial Education Trust


Employability and Skills in the UK: Redefining the debate [November 2010]

Authors:  Jonathan Wright, Ian Brinkley and Naomi Clayton


[full-text, 43 pages]


Press Release 3 November 2010

Private-public gap in skills must be bridged if regional divide is to be closed



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. The 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.


Executive Summary 3

1. Introduction 6

2. The challenges ahead 10

3. The skills system: where are we now? 24

4. Policy Implications 37


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