The period preceding the recession saw unprecedented investment in education and skills, including a raft of targets to increase the qualification rates of the population. This impressive effort was at the heart of Labour's attempt to marry social justice with economic efficiency. Skills, it was said, would help drive social mobility and at the same time increase the competitiveness of the economy by providing businesses with an educated workforce that could innovate and raise productivity.
Skills are at the heart of the Coalition's strategy for growth. However with fiscal austerity dominating the agenda, the government also hopes employers will be willing to shoulder more of the costs of workforce training. Central targets have been cut and FE colleges and training providers given more freedom to collaborate with employers to develop and fund qualifications. The assumption is that central planning and control over skills policy under Labour hampered employers' pent-up demand and willingness to invest in training.
This report explores why employers do not train. We show that a lack of investment in training is rooted in 'low-road' competitive strategies that do not require a well-skilled workforce. While often …
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