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Education, Skill and Empowering the Individual in the Labour Market

Starts: 17 January 2013

Education, Skill and Empowering the Individual in the Labour Market

Thursday 17th January 2013, 5.30pm, Committee Room 1&2, Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University

One persistent orthodoxy in debates about skills, poverty, low paid work and social mobility has been a belief that through offering poorly qualified adults access to particular types of state-funded education and training, they can be enabled to better their lot, progress in the labour market, and bargain successfully with employers for better wages and more interesting work. This belief found its purest form in New Labour’s Train to Gain (T2G) programme in England.

The lecture, delivered by Professor Ewart Keep of the Cardiff School of Social Sciences, explores both the theoretical underpinnings of the belief (how might a modest increase in levels of certified human capital alter an individual’s bargaining power within the labour market and employment relationship), and the empirical evidence for the success or otherwise of policy interventions such as Train to Gain.

The overall message is that the theoretical foundations of policy have been shallow at best, and that schemes like Train to Gain can expend very large sums of taxpayers’ money to generate relatively minor effects. The lecture will conclude with an exploration of the long term implications for skills policy that these findings might have.

The event will start with a drinks reception at 5.30pm, with the lecture starting at 6pm

There will be a buffet following the event. Please register via this link: 

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Speaker Biography

Professor Ewart Keep is deputy director of the ESRC Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance, and is based at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. He has a first degree in modern history (London) and a PhD in industrial relations (Warwick).  

He has been a full-time researcher on education, training and skills for 26 years, and has written extensively on lifelong learning, apprenticeships, the incentives to learn, employers’ attitudes towards skills and training, and the formulation and implementation of UK skills policy.

He has advised parliamentary committees at Westminster and Holyrood, and is a member of the Scottish Funding Council’s skills committee.  He has also acted as a consultant to H M Treasury, the Cabinet Office, SSDA, National Skills Task Force, UKCES, NAO, DfES, DIUS, DBIS and the governments of Queensland, New South Wales and New Zealand.


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