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ERIC Number: ED469008
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 66
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-85338-784-3
Working towards Skills: Perspectives on Workforce Development in SMEs. Research Report.
Hughes, Maria; Keddie, Vince; Webb, Peter; Corney, Mark
Research into workforce development (WD) considered the relationship between corporate assessments of workers' development needs and WD strategies; how learning at work takes place; and what learning methods are used and their effectiveness. Focus was on practice in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Methodology included a literature review to identify the scope and extent of WD; survey of WD being undertaken in a sample of SMEs; follow-up interviews with managers in SMEs; and focus group meetings with employees in SMEs. Findings indicated that, while there are still many barriers to progress, WD seems to be gaining ground as a concept with both individuals and employers; securing greater employer involvement in learning within SMEs requires an emphasis to be placed on business support, rather than learning in itself; a wide range of learning styles and forms of learning must be accommodated, but a central theme is the need for flexible, time-efficient solutions; companies are finding innovative solutions; space as well as time may be a limiting factor in the extent to which certain types of learning can occur in the workplace; and very small firms usually face different problems requiring different solutions from those faced by bigger companies. Appendixes include: a review of related WD initiatives; and 19 tables illustrating characteristics of focus group participants. (Contains 46 endnotes.) (YLB)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Learning and Skills Council, Coventry (England).
Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom