ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Conceptualising and Developing an Efficient Skills System

Skills and Skilled Work: An Economic and Social Analysis by Francis Green, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2013; pp 240, £26.99.

In times when countries have started to realise their demographic dividends, or are grappling with ageing populations, the need for skill development to raise workforce participation rates is being realised. While the concepts of skills and skill development have figured in policy discussions, the understanding and use of these terms have been quite narrow. For strategic manpower planning of our potential workforce, it is very important to delve deeper into the needs and deficiencies of the system, with a thorough understanding of the applied concepts and implications going beyond economics.

The book by Francis Green on skills and skilled work is a major contribution towards developing a comprehensive understanding and providing different perspectives to the concepts of skills, skilled work, and skill formation. The author defines skills as personal qualities with the key features of being productive (P) that is having some value, expandable (E) in terms of capable of being enhanced by training, and social (S) that is being socially determined (abbreviated as PES). Drawn in a political-economy framework, the PES concept as the author calls it, the multidisciplinary approach to skill development in terms of psychology, economics and sociology (PES once again) has been applied.

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