chapter  9
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A way forward? Government intervention

This chapter focuses on the means by which the diverse interests of industry, employees, unions, educational services and the State may be mobilised in order to create a feasible approach to vocational education and training in Britain. Employers resented paying a training levy and the scheme received a mixed response from unions, favourable from those representing lesser skilled workers who could stand to gain from a broader distribution of training arrangements but more hesitant from craft unions who suspected that their occupational privileges, based upon restricted access to apprenticeship training, would be eroded. Government intervention might usefully be applied at three distinct but closely related levels, the first, in order to influence the directions and content of education; the second, to shape the deployment of labour; and the third to influence patterns of industrial and employment relations.