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Skills Upgrading

New Policy Perspectives

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Skills are key to a better job and a better life. Yet acquiring them is often most difficult for the people who need them most: those trapped in low-paid jobs with hard working conditions. Innovative experiments throughout OECD member countries show that barriers to skills acquisition can be overcome. A wide range of actors from government, business and civil society have joined efforts and embarked on initiatives that indeed fill the gap between labour market policy and vocational training, and workers’ weaknesses and employers’ evolving needs. There are rich lessons to be learned from the experiences of Belgium (Flanders), Canada, Denmark, the United Kingdom and the United States, which are investigated in this book.

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The Regional Implementation of the Employer Training Pilots in the United Kingdom

This chapter provides a thorough examination of the Employer Training Pilots (ETPs), a recent initiative of the British government to encourage skills acquisition at the local level. After mapping out the major policy initiatives in the United Kingdom over the last decade, the authors turn their attention to the UK labour market context and the particular situation of Derbyshire, a mixed urban and rural county in the East Midlands.

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