||Understanding the New International Productivity Slowdown - the Role of Intangibles
||Jonathan Haskel, Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School in the Organisation & Management Group, examines how the way economists measure intangible investment may be distorting our understanding of the global productivity slowdown.
||UK Productivity Performance - Some Lessons from History
||Nicholas Crafts, Professor of Economic History and Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at Warwick University, looks back at the history of productivity in the UK, examining strengths and weaknesses of the UK economy in the context of international comparisons, as well as asking what role policy can play in creating change.
||UK productivity and growth heroes – recent evidence based on UK firm level data
||Does higher productive performance lead to high growth? Do high growth experiences help firms to achieve higher productivity? How important are fast-growing firms for the whole economy? In this session of the UKCES Productivity Masterclass series, Dr Jun Du, of the Aston University Business School discusses the productivity of UK firms and in particular the links between productivity and high growth, based on her two recent empirical studies. Watch the full session.
||Productivity in the UK: perspectives on the reasons for slow growth
||In most advanced economies productivity growth has been appreciably slower in the years after the financial crisis than it had been earlier. The difference was particularly marked in the United Kingdom, although the most recent data suggest that productivity growth has resumed, at least in the short term. In this session, Dr Martin Weale of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee examines the range of theories surrounding this ‘Productivity Puzzle’ and offers his perspectives on separating the fact from the fiction. Watch the full session.
||Widening the participation gap - the effect of educational track on active citizenship
||The notion that education should not only prepare young people for specific jobs, but also build more general citizenship qualities, is widely recognised. But is the sorting of adolescents into academic and vocational tracks an effective way of achieving this? In this session, Dr Jan Germen Janmaat, University College London Institute of Education, argues that filtering students into such tracks in upper secondary only creates an increasing divide in the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for active citizenship. Watch the full session.
||Where next for post-19 VET? - some issues for policy, practice and research.
||This talk seeks to step back from the ‘surface babble of policy’ and to explore some of the fundamental issues and trends that will underlie post-19 vocational education and training (VET) policy over the next few years. It takes as its starting point the BIS Consultation paper on a Dual Mandate for FE, which appears to encapsulate the Department’s ‘wish list’ for policy development. The talk will explore some of the tensions and contradictions that lie at the heart of policy development in this field, and suggest how these might play out in what seems likely to be an ongoing ‘era of austerity’. The talk will also pose some challenges for policy makers, practitioners, stakeholder groups (especially employers), and for the research community. Watch the full session.
||Graduate Jobs: Concept, Measurement and Analysis
||The idea of the graduate job is central to debates about the expansion of higher education. But what exactly is meant by “graduate jobs”, and have they become more widespread? Is the traditional presumption still true, that graduates are only succeeding if they join professional and managerial occupations? In this talk Professor Francis Green will discuss the concept and measurement of graduate jobs, present some recent trends on the employment of graduates in Britain, and some international comparisons. Watch the full session
||Industrial clusters, learning and VET: future challenges for Local Enterprise Partnerships
||Professor David Guile of the Institute of Education, University College London, will present our next UKCES Masterclass, discussing current issues with the nature, scale and location of processes that support innovation and regeneration at local levels. The session will also highlight the ways in which employers facilitate learning, and the interaction between firms and educational institutions - looking specifically at the challenges faced by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) looking to align vocational education and training, and economic and social regeneration. Watch the full session
||Professor Karen Evans and Professor Ingrid Schoon of the University of London examine the ways in which young people make the transition from education to work, examining what factors affect such shifts and asking ‘Where next for youth transition policies?’ Watch the full session
||Apprenticeship and occupation
||Professor Alison Fuller explains the links between apprenticeships and occupation, looking at current and historic trends in apprenticeships and what we can learn from them. Watch the full session
||Contemporary trends in training in the UK
||Professor Alan Felstead discusses contemporary trends in training in the UK, and examines what impact the recession has had on training. Watch the full session
||International perspectives on higher education
||Professor David Finegold of American Honours discusses international perspectives on skills issues, and what can be learnt from other nations to help the UK skills system. Watch the full session
||The Demand for Skills
||Professor Francis Green of the Centre for Learning and Life Chances in Knowledge Economies and Societies (LLAKES) discusses the demand for skills in the UK and the ways in which skills demand and supply can better enhance the UK economy as a whole. Watch the full session