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ERIC Number: ED532318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Employability. NIACE Briefing Sheet 88
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
Employability skills are central to gaining and keeping employment (e.g. whether paid or unpaid, as an employee or self employed) as well as career progression. The lack of such skills is regularly referred to as one reason for the United Kingdom's often cited long tail of underachievement. Employability skills are at the forefront of government policy to increase the workforce from around 75% to 80% of the working age population. Demographic trends mean that, despite current economic gloom and the likelihood of an increase in unemployment, there are still too few young people entering the labour market to take all the jobs that will become available over the period of the current skills ambition, to 2020. This paper discusses the following: (1) definitions of employability; (2) recent developments; and (3) the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) activity on employability. (Contains 9 online resources.)
National Institute of Adult Continuing Education. 21 De Montford Street, Leicester, LE1 7GE, UK. Tel: +44-116-204-4200; Fax: +44-116-285-4514; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Institute of Adult Continuing Education
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom