Institute of Education


Employer support for higher level skills: why does public policy fail?

Start: Jan 17, 2017 04:15 PM
End: Jan 17, 2017 05:45 PM

Location: Room 790, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

Employee training

For many years, Ministers of all parties and governments have wanted to see more employers support their employees to gain higher level skills and degrees.

Despite this bi-partisan commitment, little progress has been made and employer support for this type of training and education may have fallen.

In a study undertaken with the Institute for Public Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Association of Colleges, Professor John Denham examined possible reasons for this policy failure. Despite the centrality of employer decision-making to the level of commitment to their employee’s training, policy-makers had little access to informed studies of the decision-making process.

Reliance on macro-economic theories of the demand for skills was challenged by some academic studies but these critiques were largely excluded from the policy process. Suggestions are made for improvements in the interface between academic evidence and public policy.

About the speaker

Professor John Denham was Labour MP for Southampton Itchen from 1992 until he stood down in 2015. He served as a Minister in several departments and became a member of the Cabinet in 2007 when he became the first Secretary of State at the new Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills.

From 2015-16 John was a Professorial Research Fellow at LSE where he conducted the research behind this talk. He is now Professor at Winchester University where he is Director of the Centre for English Identity and Politics. John is also the Chair of the Southern Policy Centre, the thinktank for Southern England.

This event is free and open to all. Advance registration is helpful; please register by emailing richard.arnold@ucl.ac.uk

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Richard Arnold