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Training during the recession

Felstead, Alan and Green, Francis 1994. Training during the recession. Work Employment and Society 8 (2) , pp. 199-219. 10.1177/095001709482003

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It is the conventional wisdom to assume that in the `market model' of training found in Britain, training tends to be curtailed in recessions. Yet national level evidence shows only a small reduction in training during the recession of the early 1990s. Analysis of a survey of employers' training behaviour shows that a combination of regulations and the forces of market competition held up training activity or increased it in many companies. Many regulations were providing a floor for training activity, while the recession-intensified competition meant that firms had increasingly to fly the flag of `quality' in order to retain or expand their market share. The training requirements of the BS 5750 were widely cited. It is thus somewhat ironic that the `market model' seems to have survived the recession as much through intervention as through the decisions of individual employers. It is more accurate to describe Britain's vocational training system as an `employer-led model'.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0950-0170
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:45

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