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Thursday, 5th June 2014

UK: Winning the Global Race? Jobs, Skills and the Importance of Vocational Education

Source: Institute for Public Policy Research (UK)

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It has become widely accepted that the UK economy is becoming more professionalised. This has led to a focus by successive governments on expanding higher education, with relatively little attention paid to vocational education and training, or the way in which firms demand and use skills in the workplace.

This briefing paper analyses the latest projections on the changing shape of the jobs market in the UK. It presents a more complex picture of the skills needs of our economy. In particular it shows that:

• Business growth will indeed lead to the creation of more professional jobs.

• The number of jobs created as a result of people retiring or leaving the workforce will dwarf the number of jobs created as a result of business growth, and will be in very different occupations.

• In absolute terms there will continue to be a large number of jobs created in the bottom half of the occupational ladder. Between 2012 and 2022 just over one-third of all jobs will be created in high-skilled occupations, with the remainder created in medium and low-skilled occupations.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

Adrian can be reached at adrian.janes@freepint.com

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