Academies and diplomas: Two strategies for shaping the future workforce

Hatcher, R. (2008) Academies and diplomas: Two strategies for shaping the future workforce. Oxford Review of Education, 34 (6). pp. 665-676. ISSN 03054985 (ISSN)

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The unprecedented extent of privatisation of provision in the school system on a for-profit basis is clearly one of the most significant transformations accomplished by the Blair government. However, another aspect of private sector involvement has proved much more problematic: the direct involvement of employers in the formation of the future workforce, in two forms: employer-led vocationally-oriented diplomas and state schools - Academies - run by business interests. Both strategies remain key policies of the Brown government and have been endorsed by the Conservative opposition. However, whether these two strategies can provide the basis of a stable policy settlement depends upon the extent to which they prove capable of delivering the 'human capital' the economy is claimed to require. This paper assesses the evidence.

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December 2008Published
Subjects: CAH22 - education and teaching > CAH22-01 - education and teaching > CAH22-01-01 - education
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Study of Practice and Culture in Education (C-SPACE)
Depositing User: Yasser Nawaz
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2017 17:10
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 17:02

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