Polarization in access to work-related training in Britain.

Lindsay, Colin, Canduela, Jesus and Raeside, Robert (2012) Polarization in access to work-related training in Britain. Economic and Industrial Democracy. ISSN 0143-831X

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Policy makers across industrialized nations have sought to increase
participation in work-related training as a route to improved
competitiveness. However, research conducted in Britain during the
1990s identified significant differences in participation, suggesting
that processes of labour market polarization were being played out
in unequal access to training. This article updates and builds upon
this work through an analysis of British Labour Force Survey data.
Our analysis sought to identify continuing inequalities in access to
training and any positive ‘union effect’ on participation (reflecting
an increasing interest in the potential for trade unions to facilitate
workplace learning for disadvantaged groups). We found that older
workers, the lower skilled and unqualified, part-timers and
temporary workers (among others) remained disadvantaged. Trade
union presence had powerful positive effects on participation. We
conclude that policy makers must continue to work with employers
and unions to promote more, and more equitable, access to workrelated

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0143-831X
Electronic ISSN: 1461-7099
Additional Information: Published online 4th April 2012
Uncontrolled Keywords: Employability; equal opportunities; human capital; trade unions; training;
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: 5350
Depositing User: Dr Jesus Canduela
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2012 13:38
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2015 10:35

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