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Skills and Skilled Work: An Economic and Social Analysis

Francis Green


Skills are frequently in the news and in the public eye in every country. Stories highlight concerns about education and literacy standards, grades, learning by rote, and university students being unprepared for work, as well as debates surrounding internships and apprenticeships, and social exclusion through skills policy. The recent financial crisis has forced education and training to take a back seat, and has caused an increase in youth unemployment. Skill and skilled work are widely considered important for promoting both prosperity and social justice. But how do we define skill? This boo ... More

Keywords: skills, education, literacy standards, skills policy, training, skilled work, employers, workers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199642854
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199642854.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francis Green, author
Professor of Work and Education Economics, Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES), Institute of Education, University of London