ERIC Number: ED443960
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
The Skills Agenda: Issues for Post-16 Providers. FEDA Comments.
Hughes, Maria; Mager, Caroline
Studies in Great Britain have focused on the rapidly changing economy of the 21st century and the skills that workers will need to contribute to it. The studies have found that the new century will be characterized by the knowledge-driven economy, changes driven by global markets, the rapid movement of finance, and developments in information and communications technology that will have an impact on the way people live and work. Although accurate forecasts of the detailed knowledge and skills requirements of the workforce for the next 20 years cannot be made, it is likely that all sections of the workforce will need to be more adaptable, self-reliant, and highly motivated. Some currently low-paid jobs, such as caregivers for the sick and elderly, may become better paid as demand exceeds supply. The Skills Agenda in Great Britain has been developed to enable people from all backgrounds to make a contribution to the country's economic success; therefore, distinctions between initiatives aimed at widening participation and combating social exclusion and initiatives associated with skills development and high standards of achievement are not helpful. Continuous skill development and updating is important for all. However, although the link between education and training and the economy is critical, it is currently weak. More involvement by the Further Education (FE) sector is needed; education providers need to understand and support skill development for all and provide means that are accessible for more people to develop and improve their skills. In addition, greater public awareness and greater public funding of such efforts are needed. (KC)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Developed Nations, Economic Development, Education Work Relationship, Educational Needs, Employment Projections, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Job Skills, Labor Force Development, Postsecondary Education, Skill Development
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Further Education Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Great Britain)