The Role of Skills in the Transition from Worklessness into Sustainable Jobs with Progression.

Devins, David, Bickerstaffe, Tim, Nunn, Alex, Mitchell, Ben, McQuaid, Ronald W, Egdell, Valerie and Lindsay, Colin (2011) The Role of Skills in the Transition from Worklessness into Sustainable Jobs with Progression. Project Report. UKCES, London.

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This study is shaped by the recognition that while there has been a great deal of policy development around the transition from unemployment and inactivity to employment over the last decade, policy has not been sufficiently informed about how best to nurture sustainable employment for those at risk of labour market exclusion. The review focused on evidence from 2005: it provides a review of data, UK and international literature and, incorporates findings from four international case studies (Australia, Germany, Denmark and the United States).
The report provides an overview of the economic context for low pay and low skilled work and highlights the need for a continuing commitment to promoting opportunities in the labour market as a means of progression and alleviating poverty and encouraging social mobility. The report argues that there is an inextricable link between skills and ‘better jobs’.
The authors conclude that a long-term view is required to decide how best to support someone at the point of worklessness: to address employability barriers in the short-term; and prepare the individual to retain, and progress in, employment. The concept of career is explored as a framework for progression: a combination of career guidance, a career / personal development plan and career management skills are identified as tools to raise aspiration and enable individual’s to take action once they are in work to support their own progression. Thinking about the workplace, the report reviews the evidence on the role of job design, line management and progression pathways in facilitating workplace learning as a route to progression.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
ISBN: 978-1-906597-75-7
Uncontrolled Keywords: Employment; unemployment; labour market exclusion; low pay; low skills; training; poverty; government policy;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Edinburgh Napier University, Employment Research Institute
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Item ID: 4637
Depositing User: Professor Ronald McQuaid
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2011 10:33
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2014 13:41

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