Ineffective skills training Insufficient retraining opportunities Lack of opportunities for practical training
Despite a UK government pledge to provide training for every unemployed school-leaver, official figures in 1993 showed that almost 7,000 young people have been waiting more than eight weeks for a place in a youth training programme.
In the sixties the key to growth was thought to be the application of technology that required the skills of fewer and fewer people. It is clear now that the successful application of technological advance depends on the availability and adaptability of larger and larger numbers of increasingly skilled people.
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