Policy Press

Learn to succeed

The case for a skills revolution

By Mike Campbell


May 22, 2002

Page count

128 pages




234 x 156 mm


Policy Press
Learn to succeed

This is the first book to draw together the evidence on the 'case' for skills and to examine the policies appropriate to achieving 'skills for all'.

Learn to succeed:

argues that raising skill levels is crucial to both economic success and social inclusion;

demonstrates the benefits of higher skill levels to people, to companies and to communities;

synthesises a wide range of materials in one convenient volume, providing a reference source on the issues;

deals with the issues at both national and local levels;

sets out a clear agenda for action.

Learn to succeed is essential reading for policy makers and practitioners in national, regional and local government departments and agencies, and is also recommended for students and academics on courses at undergraduate and graduate level in applied economics, education or public policy.

"A handy, up-to-date and concisely written book." Learning and Skills Research

"This timely contribution to the literature on the labour market helps us to make sense of current policies on learning and skills. It effectively makes the economic case for the learning and skills agenda - demonstrating the benefits for individuals, communities and firms. It will be welcomed by all those interested in the field - students, academics and practitioners alike." Professor Ian Stone, Social Science Research Centre, University of Northumbria at Newcastle

Professor Mike Campbell is Director of Policy and Research at the Sector Skills Development Agency. Until recently he was Director of the Policy Research Institute at Leeds Metropolitan University, one of the UK's leading centres for applied social and economic research. He has worked on the themes of this book for the Department for Education and Skills, the European Commission, Regional Development Agencies and local partnerships for several years. He was also a member of the Skills Research Group supporting the National Skills Task Force and the academic panel working with the Cabinet Office on workforce development.

Contents: Introduction: skills for all; What skills have we got?; What skills do we need?; The value of skills; An agenda for action.

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