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Work related training, Labour Market Information

Lindsay, Colin; Canduela, Jesus; Raeside, Robert


Colin Lindsay

Jesus Canduela


Policy makers in Scotland, the other British nations and across the industrialised world have sought to increase
participation in work-related training as a route to improved competitiveness. However, research conducted in
Britain during the 1990s identified significant differences in participation, suggesting that processes of labour
market polarisation were being played out in unequal access to training. This article updates this work through
an analysis of British Labour Force Survey data.
We found that older workers, the lower skilled and
unqualified, part-timers and temporary workers (among
others) remained disadvantaged in terms of access to
work-related training. Trade union presence had powerful
positive effects on participation, and mitigated some
inequalities for private sector employees. A more detailed version of this article, and the full data analysis, has
been published by the journal ‘Economic and Industrial
Democracy’, and can be downloaded from the journal


Lindsay, C., Canduela, J., & Raeside, R. (2012). Work related training, Labour Market Information. Labour Market Information,

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2012-04
Deposit Date Apr 28, 2015
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Employability; equal opportunities; human capital; trade unions; training;
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