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Ageing skills and participation in work-related training in Britain : assessing the position of older workers

Canduela, J; Dutton, M; Johnson, Steve; Lindsay, C; McQuaid, R; Raeside, R

Authors

J Canduela

M Dutton

Steve Johnson

C Lindsay

R McQuaid

R Raeside



Abstract

Policy makers have introduced a number of measures to encourage older workers to stay in the labour market, with improving access to training a particular priority. Policy action appeared justified by evidence that older workers are less likely to participate in training, and more likely to have never been offered training by employers – a key finding of Taylor and Urwin’s (2001) review of Labour Force Survey (LFS) data from 1997. This article models LFS data from 2007 to assess whether age remained a predictor of inequalities in training. It finds that men over 50 remained among those least likely to have been offered training by employers. There were other significant inequalities in participation, suggesting a polarization in access to jobs that offer opportunities for training and progression. The article concludes that policies promoting ‘active ageing’ need to challenge negative employer attitudes and acknowledge fundamental inequalities in access to skills.

Citation

Canduela, J., Dutton, M., Johnson, S., Lindsay, C., McQuaid, R., & Raeside, R. (in press). Ageing skills and participation in work-related training in Britain : assessing the position of older workers. Work, employment & society : a journal of the British Sociological Association, 26(1), 42-60. doi:10.1177/0950017011426303

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 1, 2010
Deposit Date Nov 13, 2014
Journal Work Employment And Society
Print ISSN 0950-0170
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 1
Pages 42-60
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017011426303
Keywords Ageing; Equalities; Labour Force Survey; Learning; Ordered-probit modelling; Training
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/466382
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0950017011426303