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Research Results Continue to Make the News

10 July 2013

Research directed by Professor Alan Felstead continues to have impact.  Following two successful launch events of the Skills and Employment Survey 2012 in London in April and May, similar events have been held in Scotland and Wales in recent months. 

The Scottish event was sponsored by Scottish Skills Development and chaired by the Scottish Commissioner for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).  A hand-picked invited group of around 50 policy-makers and opinion formers attended the event. 

With funding from WISERD the survey was boosted for Wales.  To mark this investment and launch a series of specially written reports, a public event was held in Cardiff in early July. 

New evidence was presented on how job skills, qualification use, insecurity and job-related well-being in Wales compares with other parts of Britain.  The main sponsors of the survey welcomed participants – Scott Waddington, the Welsh Commissioner for UKCES and Fiona Armstrong, a Deputy Director at the ESRC. 

The event attracted an audience of over 60 delegates and included policy-makers, trade union officials, professional bodies, lobbying organisations, training providers, employers and academics. 

The launch attracted considerable media attention.  On the morning of the launch both BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru carried the results as an item in their hourly news bulletins with commentary from Alan Felstead in English and Welsh. 

The results also featured in the print media with reports appearing in the Western Mail and South Wales Echo, including reaction from the Wales TUC General Secretary. 

All the reports published at these events are available on the project web site:

Click below to listen to Alan talk about the recent research reports. 

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