The continuing development of automated production methods, combined with increasing competition from low-wage developing economies, is likely to reduce yet further the scope for the employment of low-skilled and inexperienced personnel in advanced economies. Higher standards of schooling and of vocational training are now widely recognised as essential. Based on visits by expert teams over the last ten years to matched samples of manufacturing plants, as well as to schools and vocational colleges in Britain and the European Continent, this book provides a realistic analysis of what needs to be done. The emphasis is on the need to expand, not the proportion of the workforce with university qualifications, but those with craft and vocational qualifications. The findings of this research have been influential in the development of government policies, and the author explains why these policies need to move even further, and in which directions they must next move.
• The first comprehensive account of recent research into the problem of the productivity and training of low-skilled personnel • Based on visits by expert teams over the last ten years to industry, schools and vocational colleges in Britain and the European Continent • Explains why government policies in this field need to move even further, and in which directions those policies must next move
Preface; 1. General principles; 2. Preparation for work in Britain and elsewhere; 3. Productivity and its determinants: case studies; 4. Education and productivity; 5. From principles to practice; Notes; References; Index.