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'Training floors' and 'training ceilings': metonyms for understanding training trends

Felstead, Alan ORCID: and Jewson, Nick 2014. 'Training floors' and 'training ceilings': metonyms for understanding training trends. Journal of Vocational Education & Training 66 (3) , pp. 296-310. 10.1080/13636820.2014.916739

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This article outlines a conceptual framework for mapping and understanding training trends. It uses the metonyms of floors and ceilings to distinguish between different types of training configurations. The argument is made that the ups and downs of employer reports of training activity are a crude basis on which to make judgements about the resilience or otherwise of training to the economic cycle. The article, therefore, suggests and demonstrates with qualitative evidence that using the metonyms of ‘floors and ceilings’ provides a more nuanced understanding of the multiple pathways that lead employers to increase, decrease or maintain training activity during an economic recession.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1363-6820
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 8 April 2014
Last Modified: 09 May 2023 16:15

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