Old industrial regions and employability

Mike Danson

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    Inactivity has been growing across the developed world and is especially high in old industrial areas. A general move towards more flexible labour markets and the restructuring in these regions over the past quarter of a century have led to a change in the supply and demand conditions for employment. There is an increasing dependence on school and higher education qualifications and associated transferable skills and competentcies, while the decline of traditional occupations has left many without jobs and facing multiple barriers to regaining employment. Often lacking demonstrable and accredited human capital and work experience, individuals with such employability problems have been concentrated in particular households and communities -- polarising society. Policy interventions are required to address these obstacles and social exclusion, but central government appears reluctant to face the full direct costs of implementation. More radical innovative solutions are now being propose
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)285-300
    Number of pages6
    JournalUrban Studies
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2005


    • labor market
    • employability
    • business enterprises
    • labor supply
    • vocational education
    • higher education


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