Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance

Skills Policy and the Displacement of Industrial Relations

The above statement taken from the Treasury sponsored Leitch Review of Skills reflects the central importance that the UK government attaches to skills as the key to both economic performance and social justice. Skills have not only become the main focus of policy intervention but are increasingly being conceived, at least by policy makers, as an alternative to, or replacement for, more traditional industrial relations concerns. This issues paper explores the reasons behind this policy shift and the challenges it presents for the development of a ‘joined up’ skills strategy.


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