ERIC Number: ED253703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Trends in Manpower and Educational Development: A British Perspective. Occasional Paper No. 104.
Although employment has increased, Great Britain faces rising unemployment due to the large number of school leavers. New jobs are there, but many are in the service sector, traditionally for women and mostly part-time. Unions demand high starting wages that are a disincentive for employers to hire young people and pay raises that make job creation more difficult. The United Kingdom has been complacent about training. Firms are not keen to invest in training and cut back funding for training programs during recessions, and the government is skeptical about formal training systems. Four approaches are now underday to clarify what employers should be doing and to identify where training needs are and where the skilled requirements of the future may lie. These approaches are: (1) to convince managers to assume a greater role in training, (2) to improve students' perception of their future and of the jobs and skills they will need, (3) to meet specific requirements to prevent specific shortfalls in skills, and (4) to ensure the adaptability of the work force. (Questions and answers are appended.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Educational Development, Educational Needs, Employment, Employment Problems, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Job Training, Labor Force Development, School Business Relationship, Unemployment, Unions, Vocational Education
National Center Publications, National Center for Research in Vocational Education, 1960 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210-1090 (OC104--$2.75).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.
Identifiers: Great Britain; United Kingdom