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Regulation for survival: training and skills in the construction labour market in Jersey, Channel Islands

By Sepideh Arkani, Linda Clarke and Elisabeth Michielsens

Abstract

There is a crisis in the vocational training provision of the Channel Island of Jersey's\ud construction industry that has similarities with the British situation. Unavailability and\ud inappropriateness of skills, the non-viability of current training and recruitment policies\ud on the island, the fragmentation of the training infrastructure, the demand-driven and\ud task- or job-specific nature of training, the Jersey-born and male focus of recruitment and\ud the uncoordinated, traditional and short-term approach of the local construction industry\ud towards promotion and financing of training provision were found to be working against\ud the industry's long-term needs and restricting its ability to respond to the variability of\ud the production process. In contrast, a structured training policy incorporating the needs of\ud both education and industry (employee and employer) and holding a long-term vision\ud should enable the construction industry of Jersey to reverse the downward spiral.\u

Topics: UOW11
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