Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance

In search of a measurement and evaluation framework for skill utilisation

Traditionally, skills policies in many developed countries have concentrated on boosting the supply of skilled and qualified labour as a means of promoting international competitiveness, productivity and social inclusion. However, there is a growing recognition that if skills are to deliver, they have to be utilised in the workplace. In the UK, skill utilisation is gaining prominence as a policy issue, particularly in Scotland where a number of skill utilisation projects are currently being piloted. If policies are to function effectively, knowing what skill utilisation is, and how to measure its presence, is vital, as is the ability to evaluate specific programmes. This Issues Paper offers some initial thoughts on the development of a measurement and evaluation framework.


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