The Labour Market

  • Peter Curwen
Part of the Macmillan Texts in Economics book series (TE)


In the UK there is continuous public debate about how to improve the quality of education and training, and about how to transform it into something suitable for the future. However, interest in the topic tends to ebb and flow, with surges in interest usually triggered by the unearthing of some piece of evidence to the effect that the UK is either falling further behind, or failing to catch up with, its competitors (see, for, example, ‘uproar over test failures by 11-year-olds’, Financial Times, 26 January 1996). Technological change has the awkward habit of speeding up rather than slowing down, and as a consequence no industrialised country can afford to go without a well-educated, well-trained workforce. Unfortunately, although it is generally possible to demonstrate that deficiencies exist, it is by no means easy to identify the precise reasons why this is the case, and hence what should be done to resolve it.


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