chapter  5
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Training provision in Britain

A major feature of a market competition orientation to economic policy is an assumption of rational economic decisions made by individual worker sellers and individual employer buyers based upon reliable information circulated between the parties. The most comprehensive aggregate source for data on employer training activity is provided by the 1989 report, Training in Britain, prepared by the Training Agency. The mid-decade position, then, presented a generally lowly status for training activities, typified by a non-systematic approach to training. Training in Britain showed that whilst expenditure on training had apparently increased by 1986–7, the underlying tendencies of companies to adopt 'knee-jerk' responses to the pressures surrounding them were maintained. Technological advances with associated shifts in occupation and industry were also accelerating. Finally, at the end of the decade, revolutionary political, economic and social change swept across Eastern Europe, resulting in further sources of competition for domestic producers.