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A manifesto for higher education, skills and work-based learning: Through the lens of the Manifesto for Work

Tony Wall (International Thriving at Work Research Group, University of Chester, Chester, UK)

Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning

ISSN: 2042-3896

Article publication date: 14 August 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper is prompted by recent professional and political events and specifically the politically oriented “Manifesto for Work” recently published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). The purpose of this paper is to propose a manifesto for the broad professional sphere of higher education, skills and work-based learning.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper utilises a unique form of political ideology critique, applied to the CIPD’s manifesto for work, to propose alternative directions for practice, research and policy.

Findings

This paper highlights four key areas which need further research and development in the area of higher education, skills and work-based learning. These are discussed in relation to: overhauling corporate governance; inclusive workplaces, flexible working and disadvantaged groups; investment in skills, lifelong learning and well-being; and re-balancing working practices and rights.

Research limitations/implications

This paper highlights areas for further research in the broad professional area of higher education, skills and work-based learning.

Originality/value

This paper is a unique, time-bound political respond to the current political landscape, and is the first to propose a manifesto for the professional sphere of higher education, skills and work-based learning.

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Acknowledgements

The author acknowledges the support of the Quality Research Grant scheme at the University of Chester.

Citation

Wall, T. (2017), "A manifesto for higher education, skills and work-based learning: Through the lens of the Manifesto for Work", Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 304-314. https://doi.org/10.1108/HESWBL-06-2017-0036

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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