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Guest lecture

The relationship(s) between the formal skills system, employers and the labour market - a game of 'snap' with cards that are sometimes invisible?

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This talk will explore how the complex relationships between the state, the formalised education and training system, employers (who may well not be a homogenous group), individual students and workers, and labour market structures and regulation operate, and why simple readings of human capital theory can be misleading. It will also, drawing on experience across the four UK national governments, provide examples of how policy can produce unintended consequences, and sometimes fail; and also of areas where there is the potential to generate policy ‘wins’ at relatively limited cost.

About the speaker

Professor Ewart Keep holds a chair in Education, Training and Skills at the Department of Education, Oxford University. He has a first degree in modern history (London) and a PhD in industrial relations (Warwick). He has been a full-time researcher for 29 years, and has previously worked at Warwick Business School and at Cardiff University’s School of Social Sciences. He is a member of the management team of the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE).

He has undertaken research and published extensively on the formation of skills policies in the UK, managerial attitudes towards investment in skill, lifelong learning, apprenticeships, workplace training and development, recruitment and selection; higher education policy, youth transitions to the labour market, the different incentives to learn that act upon individuals, and the role of skills and work organisation in workplace innovation. He has advised the UK Cabinet Office; the Department for Business,Innovation and Skills;the National Audit Office; the UK Commission for Employment and Skills; the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; two House of Commons select committee inquiries, and one Scottish Parliament committee inquiry. He is a member of committees of all three British higher education funding councils (for England, Scotland and Wales), and has also undertaken work for the Australian Commonwealth Government, and the governments of Queensland and NSW. In New Zealand he has worked with TEC, AKO Aotearoa and AgResearch.

Note: Papers, presentation slides and any other material provided by the Guest Lecturer will be made available some time after the lecture at Publications > Media & Speeches > Guest Lectures by Visiting Academics.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 22 May 2014