Is skills training good for you?


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Author: Jordan, Steven S.; Jackson, Nancy S.


This article examines the investment made in skills training and challenges the assumptions about its mutual benefits. The authors argue that in both policy and practice, skills training programs prioritise the interests of business over unions, community groups and other stakeholders. The example of apprenticeships and 'soft skills' is discussed in relation to recent developments in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom to illustrate this.

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Workforce development; Governance; Employment; Skills and knowledge; Industry; Finance

Keywords: Human resource development; Political aspects; Workplace; Key competency; Enterprise; Training investment

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Europe; New Zealand; Great Britain

Published: Leicester, England: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, 2001

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Journal title: Adults learning

Journal volume: 12

Journal number: 5

Journal date: 2001

Pages: pp.14-16

ISSN: 0955-2308

Statement of responsibility: Steve Jordan and Nancy Jackson

Resource type: Article

Document number: TD/ACE 65.23

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