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Sector skills councils and employer engagement - delivering the 'employer-led' skills agenda in England

Payne, Jonathan 2008. Sector skills councils and employer engagement - delivering the 'employer-led' skills agenda in England. Journal of Education and Work 21 (2) , pp. 93-113. 10.1080/13639080802090260

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UK Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are seen as critical to policymakers’ aspirations to develop an education and training (E&T) system that is both ‘demand‐driven’ and ‘employer‐led’ and where employers ‘play their part’ in national upskilling. However, the concept of employer leadership remains deeply problematic in the English context, with some commentators arguing that the system is better viewed as government/target‐led. More recently, the Leitch Review of Skills has offered employers a new training contract or ‘something for something deal’. If this deal is to succeed, much will depend upon the ability of SSCs to engage employers in their sectors and build commitment to the Leitch agenda. The article outlines previous attempts to develop effective sectoral bodies in the UK and asks why this has proven so problematic. Drawing upon interviews with representatives of seven SSCs, it then explores SSC employer engagement strategies together with the main challenges they confront.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: sector skills councils, skills, training, employer engagement
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1363-9080
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 22:31

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