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Irwin, Tracy – Journal of Education and Work, 2019
This paper contextualises the Further Education (FE) sector in Northern Ireland (NI). It outlines the specific political, social and economic influences that have shaped its position as a major but understated educational provider in what remains a highly divided educational system that is slowly transitioning in a post-conflict environment. Key…
Descriptors: Political Influences, Social Influences, Economic Factors, Continuing Education
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Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken; Gallacher, Jim; Irwin, Tracy; James, David – Journal of Education and Work, 2019
This article builds on the previous articles in this special issue to explore two related concepts -- a 'UK policy laboratory' and 'expansive policy learning', with a specific focus on further education (FE) and skills. We argue that the potential for a UK policy laboratory in this area is based primarily on a new balance between the forces of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Education, Vocational Education, Apprenticeships
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Hodgson, Ann; Spours, Ken – Journal of Education and Work, 2019
During the 25 years since Incorporation, when further education (FE) colleges were taken out of local government control, FE in England has been shaped by processes of marketisation to become a competitive national sector that has increasingly diverged from the more 'collaborative system logic' of the other three countries of the UK. However,…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Foreign Countries, Governance, Colleges
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Keep, Ewart – Journal of Education and Work, 2019
This article provides a response to the other contributions in this special issue and explores the range and scale of the opportunities for policy learning across the four UK nations. It addresses the importance of locating FE and skills policy within wider national policy contexts, national choices between markets and systems and the wider…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Laboratories, Adult Education, Foreign Countries
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Gallagher, Pádraig – Journal of Education and Work, 2015
This research looks at the role of graduate placement programmes in bridging the gap between higher education and the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector. The research design and methodology used in this study was exploratory, in-depth and qualitative in nature. The research took the form of a multiple case study and focused on seven…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Job Placement, Student Placement, College Graduates